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Getting the skills to run for political office in WNY

Getting the skills to run for political office in WNY

by Joseph KisselMarch 22, 2017

“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”

That’s food for thought, but it’s also no small affair running for local political office.

There’s fundraising, canvassing, budgeting, speeches, planning, targeting voters, recruiting volunteers, field activities, message development, persuasion and, of course, what to do on election day.

All of that was discussed March 25 at the DoubleTree Niagara Falls, 401 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

RISE Niagara teamed up with The Working Families party to offer its new-candidate training class.

“We are seeking progressive champions willing to challenge the status quo and fight for a government that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected,” according to promotional material for the event.

The free training seminar is for new candidates — as well as those looking to assist them — offering strategies, tools and the skills needed to win elections for local office.

The event was open to the public and ran from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Lunch was served.

About The Author
Joseph Kissel
Joseph Kissel is a journalist, editor and photographer. He is also the Vice President of the New York Coalition for Open Government, a non-partisan, non-profit group that advocates for transparency and the public's right to freedom of information.