Former Gov. Madeleine Kunin // Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman // Former State Auditor Randy Brock // Mayor Liz Gamache // Sen. Joe Benning // Sen. Alison Clarkson // Professor Robert Sand // Sarah Buxton // Sec. of State Jim Condos // Melissa Mulliken // Ruth Hardy // Kathleen Falk

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 Dean Tom McHenry, Professor Melissa Scanlan, and workshop leader Kathleen Falk); Salute to Veterans Day
10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Panel moderated by former Governor Madeleine Kunin with speakers Lt. Gov David Zuckerman, State Senators Joe Benning and Alison Clarkson, former Auditor Randy Brock, Mayor Elizabeth Gamache, Sarah Buxton, and Robert Sand
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 to raise, how much to raise, help from allies, what staff is needed, reporting required, positive v. negative attacks (moderated by Melissa Mulliken with guest speakers Ruth Hardy, Kathleen Falk, and Sarah Buxton)
2 to 2:30 p.m. Mechanics: writing a campaign plan, what staff is needed, how to work with allies, and "get out the vote" steps (moderated by Kathleen Falk, with 

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