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Step Up! Charles City

October 13, 2017


Step Up!

What You Need to Know Before You Decide to Run

NIACC Center, 200 Harwood Dr., Charles City Friday, October 13, 2017

The “Step Up!” seminar, which targets locally-elected women, offers training that helps them lay the groundwork for a successful campaign for state legislature.  Each seminar will include presentations by experienced political candidates and campaign staff who will share their advice and best practices with seminar participants.    A $30 fee covers the cost of lunch and the seminar notebook.


  • 10:30 am Registration
  • 11:00 am Welcome and Introductions Marilee Monroe, Former Floyd County Recorder
  • 11:15 am Pathways to Public Office Valerie Hennings, Morningside College, Professor Sioux City Most common backgrounds of women elected to public office
  • 11:35 am Step I: Why do you want to run? Jean Lloyd-Jones, Co-chair 50-50 in 2020 How to write and deliver your important “Why?” speech
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:20 Step II: What does a legislator do? Senator Amanda Ragan, Dist. 27, Mason City Qualifications, salary, time commitment, committee work, passing a bill, a typical day, and other details of a legislator’s job
  • 1:15 pm Step III: How do you manage a family and/or another career while serving in the legislature? Panel of current legislators: Amanda Ragan, State Senator, Dist. 27, Mason City and Jane Bloomingdale, State Representative, Dist. 51, Northwood Family involvement in decision to run, participation in the campaign, and adjustment to having a Mom in the legislature; living arrangements in Des Moines, and other personal observations
  • 1:45 pm Step IV: What are my chances of winning? Steve Corbin, UNI Professor, Marketing (retired), Cedar Falls How to analyze your district, choose the time to run, increase visibility and prepare yourself for a successful campaign
  • 2:15 pm Step V: How do I run a successful campaign? Josh Byrnes, former State Representative Dist. 51, Osage Quick summary of the ups and downs of a campaign: filing and reporting deadlines, campaign committee, volunteers, fundraising, door-knocking, the joy of winning, the plusses of running, even if you don’t win.
  • 2:45 pm Step Up! Build the Bench! Fill the Pipeline! Jean Lloyd-Jones
  • 3:00 pm Adjourn
Committee: Anna Burnham, Charles City AAUW; Cheryl Erb, 50-50 in 2020 board member; Marilee Monroe, former Floyd County Recorder; and Linda Tjaden, Floyd County Supervisor


October 13, 2017


NIACC Center
200 Harwood Dr.
Charles City, IA 50616 United States
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(641) 228-4634