Kathleen Falk // former Gov. Madeleine Kunin // Randy Brock // Sue Minter // Sen. Joe Benning // Ruth Hardy // Professor Robert Sand // Sarah Buxton // Jim Condos // Melissa Mulliken

Nov. 11, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School

Whether you’re thinking of the U.S. Senate or a local school board, come learn the basics of running for elected office: Motivation, Message, Money, and Mechanics. This workshop is nonpartisan, free, and open to the public.

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9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Registration and coffee
10 to 10:15 a.m. Welcome (VLS Professor Melissa Scanlan and workshop leader Kathleen Falk)
10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Motivation: Panel on “Why run for office?” moderated by Gov. Kunin with guest speakers Randy Brock, Sue Minter, Sen. Joe Benning, Ruth Hardy, VLS Professor Robert Sand, Sarah Buxton
11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Self-reflection at small tables among participants on what might motivate each to run (panel member assigned to each table).

12 to 12:30 p.m. Message: use of polling, literature, TV and radio ads, social media and other methods of getting out your message; how to work with the press; how to present yourself (moderated by Kathleen Falk with guest speakers Randy Brock and Sen. Joe Benning)
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Guest Speaker: Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos

 on legal requirements
1:30 to 2 p.m. Money: How much to raise, how to raise, help from allies, what staff is needed, reporting required, positive v. negative attacks (moderated by Kathleen Falk with guest speakers Sue Minter, on raising money statewide, and Sarah Buxton, on raising money locally)
2 to 2:30 p.m. Mechanics: writing a campaign plan, what staff is needed, how to work with allies, "get out the vote" steps (Kathleen Falk to moderate; 

guest speakers, Ruth Hardy and Melissa Mulliken)
2:30 to 3 p.m. Panel to wrap up, summarize, and answer questions (moderated by Professor Robert Sand)


Books and Articles

  • How to Win a Local Election: A Complete Step-By-Step Guide, (2007) by Judge Lawrence Grey
  • The Making of the President, (1964) by Theodore White
  • Living a Political Life , (1994) by Madeleine Kunin
  • Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush, (2003) by Lou Dubose, et al
  • Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, (2015) by David Axelrod

Organizations and Websites