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!
- 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