2019 Academy of Political Leadership

Hosted by Lake Norman Chamber & Greater Statesville Chambers of Commerce


The academy is a nonpartisan program designed for members of the community interested in running for elected office. Training sessions will feature presentations and discussions on ethics, campaign planning, research, targeting voters, fundraising, and messaging with a get out the vote effort.


There are two sessions from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. One session, on Saturday May 4th is dedicated to communications with participants taking part in a simulated radio interview and the recording of a radio ad. The cost to participate is $95 and is open to anyone wishing to run for elected office. Contact the Lake Norman Chamber at 704-892-1922 or Statesville Chamber at 704-873-3304.


Upon completion of this training session, you’ll be able to:



Session I: Laying the Groundwork for your Campaign

Saturday, April 27, 2019 Location: Lake Norman Chamber

9:00AM                                Welcome from Chambers & Sponsors

9:30AM                                Campaign Ethics: Dr Susan Roberts – Political Science Dept Davidson College Ph.D., M.A.

10:00AM – 12:   00PM    Opportunities and Challenges of Public Service

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham (D); Former NC Senator and Cornelius Mayor Jeff Tarte (R ); Statesville City Council William Morgan

12:00PM                              Lunch

12:30PM                              Messaging: Andy Yates – Red Dome Consulting

1:15PM                                 Communication Assignment (Prep for Interview/Commercial)


Session II: Communication

Saturday, May 4, 2018 Location: WSIC Radio, with Joe Vagnone – Local Biz Now

Times are individual and will be determined at a later date.


Session III: Nuts and Bolts 

Saturday, May 18, 2019 Location: TBD Statesville

9:00AM                                Opening Comments

9:15AM                                Filing Requirements/Deadlines for Iredell and Mecklenburg Counties

10:00AM                              Fundraising: Neal Orr, ABNO Group

11:15AM                              Take away from Communication Exercise

12:30PM                              Lunch

1:00PM                                 Local / State campaigns

1:30PM                                 Strategy (Marketing, Voting Trends, Polling, Tips) – Larry Shaheen, Carolina Political Consulting

2:30PM                                 Close


2019 Academy of Political Leadership Application


Participants will be selected by an application process with consideration given to ensure a politically diverse class. It is limited to six applicants from Mecklenburg County and six applicants from Iredell County. The cost of the three session program is $95 per person and includes meals. Applications must be received by Friday, April 12th and those accepted to the program will be notified by Monday, April 19th.

Please fill out the following and return by April 12th

Name: _____________________________________ Political Affiliation: (Rep) (Dem) (Ind)

Address: ____________________________________________________________________

Telephone: __________________________________________________________________

Email: ______________________________________________________________________

Why should you be selected for the Academy of Political Leadership of Lake Norman and Iredell County?

(150 words or less)


Submit Application by email to sviera@statesvillechamber.org

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