2019 Academy of Political Leadership

Date: May 4, 2019
Contact: Jack Stevens, LKN Chamber
Phone: 704.892.1922


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2019 Academy of Political Leadership Hosted by Lake Norman Chamber & Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce The academy is a nonpartisan program designed for and open to all 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. Session One: Laying the Groundwork for your Campaign will be held in the Randy Marion Conference Room at the Lake Norman Chamber, Cornelius, Session Two: Communication will be held in Statesville and Session 3 will be dedicated to communications with participants taking part in a simulated radio interview and the recording of a radio ad at WSIC. Upon completion of this training session, you’ll be able to: *Assess whether you possess the basic traits necessary to run for office *Relay in 30 seconds why you are running for office *Describe the elements necessary for developing a campaign plan and begin the planning process *Discuss research needs based on your target audience and your budget estimates *Based on your individual campaign’s strengths, plan for the fundraising methods that can prove most effective and lucrative *Determine the best methods for contacting your constituents, based on voter demographics and budget *Analyze the electronic campaign options available and determine which, if any, will prove most effective for your outreach. 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 . Applications available by calling the Greater Statesville 704.873.3304 or Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce 704.892.1922