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Kevin Maloney, (203) 710-3486
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), in conjunction with the Campaign School at Yale University, will conduct a groundbreaking virtual two-day training program designed to assist more people of color with the skills needed to run for local public office in Connecticut. Representation Matters: Are You Ready To Run For Local Office? will take place via Zoom February 13 & February 27, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
While Blacks, Latinas and Asians comprise nearly 35 percent of Connecticut’s population, they represent a very small fraction of the local elected public officials and local board and commission members in Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities.
“One the founding principles of this nation is the ideal of a representative government, and it is a goal America is still striving for,” said Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director and CEO. “Increasing racial diversity and input on town/city councils and boards and commissions broadens perspectives and ensures more thorough proposals. This effort will help foster a more equitable future.”
This intensive training is being co-sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity, and Opportunity and the Parent Leadership Training Institute.
Day One on Saturday, February 13 will be led by the renowned Campaign School at Yale University, which counts Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Presidential-candidate Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and former New Haven mayor, Toni Harp, as alumnae.
This first day of intensive training will provide a foundation and skill set for launch as community leaders. The training includes a comprehensive discussion of all of the components necessary to begin a political career, both personally and professionally; cogent and inspiring speaking techniques; and effective networking. The training will specifically cover: setting up a campaign, fundraising, developing your message, building your communications and strategy plan, digital and social media best practices and more. Other presentation topics include: making the decision to run, essentials of fundraising, finding your voice, making it matter, and a roundtable discussion with campaign school alumnae.
“As President Lincoln declared in the Gettysburg Address, the ideal nation is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” noted DeLong. “In the 21st century, we only need the willpower to make that a reality. Over this two-day training, the tools and know-how to get into local politics will be given to all who attend.”