This fall, half of the Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough governing bodies will be up for election, as well as all of their Mayors, and half of the Chapel-Hill Carrboro School Board. If you have ever thought about running for elected office or had people tell you you should think about it or want to help other good folks run, now is your chance. Check out the Community Action Network's 'Campaign and Elections Workshop' this Saturday.
When: Saturday, April 28, 2007 10:00 AM - 12 NOON
Where: Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Offices Covered: Carrboro Mayor and Board of Aldermen, Chapel Hill Mayor and Town Council, Orange County Commissioners, School Boards, Hillsborough Mayor and Town Board
Format: Panel of former elected officials and campaign volunteers (questions from the moderator and audience), followed by breakout sessions
Topics: Deciding to run, campaign staffing, scheduling, financing, publicity, election laws, use of technology, etc.
Fred Black gave a good description in a recent column:
The workshop will cover running for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, the Chapel Hill Town Council, the Orange County Board of Commissioners, the Hillsborough Town Council and the two school boards in Orange County. Those interested in running, as well as those just interested in working on a campaign, are the prime target audience.
Here is how it will work. The workshop will have three components. The first will consist of questions from moderator Rosemary Waldorf (former Chapel Hill Mayor) directed to a panel of former elected officials and volunteer campaign workers. The questions will focus primarily on deciding to run for office, campaign staffing, scheduling, financing, publicity, election laws, and the use of technology. In the second component, members of the audience will be able to participate directly by asking questions of the panel members.
The panel members scheduled to participate are Nick Didow, a former Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board member; Steve Halkiotis, a former Orange County Commissioner; Susan Halkiotis, a former Orange County School Board member; Tom Jensen, a recent UNC-CH graduate who has been active in a number of local campaigns; Thomas Mills, a political consultant; Ruby Sinreich, a former candidate for Chapel Hill Town Council and a computer technology usage expert; and Allen Spalt, a former Carrboro Board of Aldermen member.
- Columns by Fred Black: Interested in Running for Office?
Chapel Hill Town Council Member Laurin Easthom also blogged about what she learned from her first (successful) run for office. I guess this all means it's time for me to set up our Election 2007 page to collect deadlines and candidate information. I'll try to get on that this weekend, volunteers are still and always welcome...