Candidate Training Academy

2/22/2018 9:00 AM to 2/22/2018 4:00 PM
Bismarck-Mandan Chamber

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), Bismarck-Mandan Board of Realtors (BMBOR) and Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association (BMHBA) are co-hosting a campaign training session for those interested in seeking public office.

BMBOR Executive Director Nancy Deichert said, “We are excited to be part of a joint effort to bring this opportunity to people who are interested in seeking election to a public office. The session is chockfull of information on what it takes to run for office, advertising, online presence, fundraising, and much more. And, the attendees will have direct access to two experts in the field of election campaign strategies.”       

The Candidate Training Academy is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chamber. Made available by the National Association of Realtors, the Academy is facilitated by campaign experts from Cornerstone Solutions. Local representation includes Jim Silrum from the Secretary of State’s Office, Burleigh County Sheriff and District 32 Rep. Pat Heinert and Mandan School Board member Marnie Piehl.

“One of the strategies laid out in our 2017-2019 Strategic Plan is to continue to develop an effective local political education program for Chamber Members,” said Chamber President Brian Ritter. “The Candidate Training Academy is the perfect way to do just that,” he added.

Any resident of Bismarck-Mandan and the surrounding area considering a run for public office should attend this session.

“Our goal is that this training will turn prospective candidates into active candidates on upcoming ballots,” said BMHBA Executive Officer Dot Frank. “The session will provide basic information about running for office, but most importantly will allow attendees to ask questions of people who have served or are currently serving in an elected office.”

The cost is $25 and includes both lunch and course materials. Those interested can register by calling the BMBOR at 701-255-0712.

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