Step Up! Course

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.


    • Friday, October 13th, NIACC Center, 200 Harwood Dr.,Charles City EVENT OVER
    • Friday, October 20th 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. at the Rendezvous, 3127 Lucus Street, Muscatine EVENT OVER
    • Saturday, October 28th, Red Coach Inn, Red Oak EVENT OVER
    • Sioux City, March 17th at Morningside College. Includes handouts and brunch. REGISTER NOW

STEP UP! Program Resources:

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Step Up! Program

What you need to know before you decide to run for office

I. Step One-Personal

  • What are my motives?  (Why do I want to run?)
  • What issues am I passionate about?  Are voters interested in my issues?
  • Is my family on board?  (Gung Ho or Dead Against?)

II. Step Two-Professional

  • What does the job entail?  (constituent work, sponsoring legislation, committee responsibilities)
  • What is the time commitment? (Session dates, off-season meetings, local forums)
  • What is the average salary?  Is there a retirement plan?  Per Diem?  Travel Expense?
  • Where do legislators live during session?  (apartments, home shares, hotels; how to find)


III.  Step Three-Political

  • What are my chances of winning? (Analyze demographics)
  • Are my currently serving representative and senator planning to run again?  
  • What experience do I need on my resumé?
  • What if I haven’t been active in my party?
  • What if I want to run as an Independent?

IV. Step Four-Practical

  • What deadlines and regulations do I need to know about?
  • How many volunteers do I need and how do I find them?
  • Do I have to hire a campaign manager?
  • What help can I expect from my party?
  • How much money do I need and how can I raise it?
  • What should I have in my campaign wardrobe?

 Do you have other questions?

 Once you are satisfied with the answers to these questions, you are ready to Step Up!

Co-Sponsored by Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics Iowa State University