PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: July 11, 2005
UM-Dearborn series to help prepare candidates run for office
DEARBORN---Helping candidates learn how to run a campaign is the focus
of a series of workshops and presentations at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
"We're looking for people who are willing to take on the responsibility
of serving in local elected offices, and helping them think through the
process of organizing a campaign and getting elected," is how Edward
Bagale, vice chancellor for government relations at the University of
Michigan-Dearborn, describes the program, which is coordinated by the
campus's Institute for Local
"Participants will learn what it means to serve in a local elected
office, how to get ready to run for local office and how to lead a campaign,
all with the highest standards of ethics and professionalism," Bagale
The first session of the series, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
8, is called "Thinking of Serving?" and will look at local elected
opportunities, the responsibilities of office, and the effect of public
service on candidates and their families.
The second session, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, is called
"I am going to run: What now?" and will cover how candidates
develop positions and messages to reach out to voters, and provide an
overview of a campaign.
The third session, "How do I run a campaign?" will take an
in-depth look at organizing, recruiting volunteers, raising money, and
legal matters around campaigns. That session will be held on Saturday,
Oct. 1 and run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The seminars are offered separately or as a full series, at a charge
ranging from $30 for the first session, to $125 for the daylong third
session, which will include lunch. Classes will include panels, lectures
and discussions with office holders and experts in campaign management.
All sessions will be offered at UM-Dearborn's Fairlane
Center building, on Hubbard Drive between Southfield and Evergreen.
The Institute for Local Government was founded at the UM-Dearborn School
of Education in 2003 to offer a variety of programs to help develop
stronger civic leadership in the region.
"The mission of the Institute for Local Government is to increase
the participation and capacity of citizens participating in local government
within the tri-county area of southeastern Michigan," according to
Bagale. "As the problems local governments are asked to solve become
more complex and resources more scarce, those serving in local government
often need more skills than they bring to office with them."
To register for the classes or for additional information about the series,
call the Institute for Local Government at (313) 593-5140.