UPDATE 8:17 P.M.: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED PER THE ORGANIZERS.
“I’ve seen candidates pull papers one day and drop out the next day,” said Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Keith McMahon. “That told me that potential leaders don’t understand the process. I also think people are intimidated sometimes by the idea of running a campaign. We want to help demystify it.”
The introduction to running for public office will feature a workshop, “Elements of Winning Campaign,” by Mary Jo Rossi, owner of Big Picture Coaching, followed by lunch and panel discussion with Concord Councilman Guy Bjerke, former state Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla and Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer.
Attendees will learn about the paperwork required, tips on how much money it costs to run campaigns, crafting a platform and fund-raising, McMahon said.
The chamber is co-sponsoring the event as the inaugural of its newly formed Contra Costa Political Institute in order to help attract qualified, business-friendly candidates to run for local and countywide offices in Contra Costa, McMahon said. Future institute programs, based on local interest, could include candidate debates and workshops on related subjects.
“We hope to encourage community minded people to run to make government for accountable and give a voice to business,” McMahon said.
The event will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Heald College’s multi-purpose room, 5130 Commercial Circle, in Concord.
It is open to all political persuasions and anyone with an interest in the subject but space is limited. The cost is $45 for chamber members and $65 for non-members. To RSVP, call the chamber at 925-685-1181.