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Institute of Political Leadership

A program administered by the Greater Statesville and Lake Norman Chambers of Commerce, is an introduction to campaigning and how to run for political office in North Carolina.  

The Lake Norman Institute of Political Leadership is an introduction to campaigning for local, county, and state office. The three-day session will be held on Saturdays in April and May (April 29th, May 13th, and May 20th). It will be held at the Chambers of Commerce and WSIC Radio in Statesville. The program is intended to assist civic-minded citizens who are considering running for political office to campaign in an ethical and effective manner. The Greater Statesville and Lake Norman Chambers of Commerce are non-partisan business associations who do not endorse of support candidates for office. However, the chambers believe strongly in the principles of good government and hope to increase the number of business-minded elected officials with the skills and political acumen to provide the servant leadership which advances our community and region.

See below for program details and schedule 

Please Click Here to APPLY for the program.  The selection committee will contact you if you are chosen to participate.  Payment for your participation will be due upon your selection into the program.


The Institue of Political Leadership is made possible through the sponsorship of the following businesses:

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Supporting Sponsorship Provided by:

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Program Description


Session I: Laying the Groundwork for your Campaign

Saturday, April 29th Location: Lake Norman Chamber 19900 West Catawba Ave, Cornelius

9:00-9:30am       Welcome from Chambers & Sponsors

9:30-10:00am     Campaign Ethics: Dr. Susan Roberts, PHD., MA Political Science Dept., Davidson College  

10:00-12:00pm   Opportunities and Challenges of Public Service - Former and Current Elected Officials

                            10:00-10:30  Former Rep Grey Mills

                            10:30-11:00  William Morgan, Statesville City Council

                            11:00-11:30  NC Senator Jeff Tarte: Running for Local & Statewide Office

                            11:30-12:00  Past IOPL Graduates

                                                            Commissioners Dan Boone, Dave Gilroy, and Michael Miltich


Session II: Communication

Saturday, May 13th Location: WSIC Radio 1117 Radio Rd Statesville, NC

With Joe Vagnone - Local Biz Now, David Bradley - Greater Statesville Chamber, Bill Russell, Lake Norman Chamber

Session III: Nuts and Bolts

Saturday, May 20th Location: Statesville Civic Center 301 S. Center St. Room F, Statesville

9:00-9:15        Opening Comments Russell / Bradley

9:15-10:00      Filing Requirements / Deadlines for Iredell and Mecklenburg Counties - Becky Galliher, Iredell County Board of Elections

10:00-11:00     Fundraising: Neal Orr, ABNO Group


11:15-12:30     Take aways from Communication Exercise

12:30-1:00       Lunch

1:00-1:30        John Aneralla, Huntersville Mayor -  Local /  State Campaigns

1:30-2:30        Strategy (Marketing, Voting Trends, Polling, Tips) - Larry Shaheen, Carolina Political Consulting

2:30-3:00        Close - David Bradley / Bill  Russell

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