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Step Up! Muscatine October 20th at Rendezvous

October 20, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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.


  • 10:45 am Registration
  • 11:00 am Welcome and Introductions Sue Johannsen, President, Muscatine LWV
  • 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
  • 12:30 Step II:  What does a legislator do? Sally Stutsman, former State Representative from Johnson County Qualifications, salary, time commitment, committee work, passing a bill, a typical day, and other details of a legislator’s job
  •  1:00 pm Break
  •  1:15 pm Step III:  How do you manage a family and/or another career while serving in the legislature? Panel of two State Representatives:  Amy Nielsen, Johnson County; Cindy Winkler, Scott County 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   
  •  2:00 pm Step IV:  What are my chances of winning? Ashley Hinson, State Representative from Linn County How to analyze your district, choose the time to run, increase visibility and prepare yourself for a successful campaign
  • 2:25 pm Step V:  How do I run a successful campaign? Lauren Whitehead, Solon City Council  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.
  •  2:50 pm Step Up!  Build the Bench!  Fill the Pipeline! Jean Lloyd-Jones
  •  3:00 pm Adjourn


October 20, 2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Rendezvous, Muscatine, IA