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Learn ‘nuts’ and ‘bolts’ of running for office

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, July 7th, 2008 at 5:02 pm in Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics, Election reform.

UPDATE 8:17 P.M.: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED PER THE ORGANIZERS.

The Concord Chamber of Commerce and the Concord campaign consulting firm of Big Picture Coaching will host a workshop on July 12 for prospective political candidates.

Click here for a PDF flyer about “Ready Set Run: An Introduction to the Nuts and Bolts of Running for Office.”

“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.

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  • New World GOP

    Gee Lisa aren’t you amd Mary Jo good friends? If so there is nothing like promoting your friends campaign consulting business.
    There are campaign schools all over the Bay Area. There was one in San Ramon last week and I think the Cal GOP is holding one up in Napa. How about equal time?

  • New World GOP

    Gee Lisa aren’t you amd Mary Jo good friends? If so there is nothing like promoting your friends campaign consulting business.
    There are campaign schools all over the Bay Area. There was one in San Ramon last week and I think the Cal GOP is holding one up in Napa. How about equal time?

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    If this event was solely a production of Rossi’s company, a private firm, then I would not have promoted it but referred her to our advertising department. Lord knows, we could use the money around here.

    But this event is a primarily a project of the Concord Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit community organization that seeks to find and train business-friendly candidates to run for office.

    As for equal time, I have in the past and am happy to promote on this blog and run briefs in the newspaper about any campaign training for candidates provided by political parties or other nonprofit groups from a wide variety of interests including business, the environment, etc.

    But if no one provides me with a press release or a flyer or calls me and tells me about an event, I won’t know about it.

    So, send on over the information anytime at lvorderbrueggen@bayareanewsgroup.com.

    Hmmm, “New World GOP?” What does that mean?

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    If this event was solely a production of Rossi’s company, a private firm, then I would not have promoted it but referred her to our advertising department. Lord knows, we could use the money around here.

    But this event is a primarily a project of the Concord Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit community organization that seeks to find and train business-friendly candidates to run for office.

    As for equal time, I have in the past and am happy to promote on this blog and run briefs in the newspaper about any campaign training for candidates provided by political parties or other nonprofit groups from a wide variety of interests including business, the environment, etc.

    But if no one provides me with a press release or a flyer or calls me and tells me about an event, I won’t know about it.

    So, send on over the information anytime at lvorderbrueggen@bayareanewsgroup.com.

    Hmmm, “New World GOP?” What does that mean?

  • New World GOP

    It is going to be a New world after the election slaughter that is coming for the Republicans in November!

  • New World GOP

    It is going to be a New world after the election slaughter that is coming for the Republicans in November!