Running For Local Office - Campaigners Training
Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CST)
Do you want to run for local office as a grassroots campaigner? Do you want to help someone run? Are you interested in how local races are run and won?
If so - then you want to take this all-day session at the CivicLab on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 10am to 5pm. We are at 114. Aberdeen Street in the West Loop.
Attendees will get the playbook for planning and running a grassroots, low-cost principled campaign for local office.
You will learn:
- How to plan the plan
- The relevant campaign laws and deadlines
- Basics of messaging
- Basics of fundraising
- Staffing and volunteer management
- Get Out The Vote
- Handy tools and resources for progressive candidates
All attendees will receive handouts and a USB containing all workshop materials and other resources.
The cost for this amazing package of knowledge is $125 and includes snacks and a tasty taco lunch from our neighbors at The Salsa Truck. The short URL for this training session = http://running4office-2-22-14.eventbrite.com.
The workshop instructors are Kitty Kurth and Kevin Lampe. Kurth Lampe is a Chicago-based strategic communications firm with an international reach with Chicago know how. Complicated ideas are turned into compelling and persuasive messages. Campaigns Kitty Kurth has worked on numerous campaigns serving in roles as campaign manager, press secretary, fundraiser, and advance coordinator. Kurth has served as a media consultant and general consultant for political races at every level from local to presidential including the role of Illinois campaign manager for Presidential candidate Paul Tsongas, national press and advance staff or the general election campaign of Governor Michael Dukakis and Illinois press secretary and spokesperson in the primary and advance person /organizer for Ron Brown’s campaign for Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Training Kurth regularly provides training for candidates and campaign staff for the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Women’s Campaign Fund, National Women’s Political Caucus, and other groups. In 2001, the U.S. State Department sent Kurth and Lampe to Uganda to conduct campaign-training workshops for women Members of Parliament, candidates, and activists.
Kevin Lampe’s professional experience includes political campaigns ranging from local library boards to presidential campaigns. He has worked during each presidential election cycle since Governor Mike Dukakis in 1988. He served in variety of senior staff roles – including Director of Communications – for presidential candidates. Additionally, he served as an advance man for President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. Lampe is regularly called upon to train his clients to work with the media. He has performed this task for everyone from US Presidential candidates and other elected officials to community leaders and business executives. Since 1996, he has served on the Speaking Tracking Team at each Democratic National Convention - which handles all the speakers at this event. At the 2004 convention, he worked with then state Senator Barack Obama on his keynote address. In 2012, Lampe was in charge of training for entire Speaking Tracking Team at the Democratic National Convention. Kevin has worked with Hotel Rwanda’s Paul Ruesabegina, Erik Estrada, Ambassadors, CEOs, Senators, and Congressmen. He has worked across the US and in Kosovo, Uganda, Belgium, Albania, Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway, Mali and Macedonia.
The CivicLab is a co-working space in the West Loop dedicated to collaboration, education and innovation to advance civic engagement and community improvement efforts. We offer desks to co-workers at $200/month. We offer workshops in the evenings on a wide range of civic topics. We are home to citizen science, coding and civic investigation projects. We are the operators of the TIF Illumination Project which has used data mining, investigatory reporting, graphic design and community organizing to explore and expose what Chicago’s 154 Tax Increment Finance Districts are doing to us on a ward-by-ward basis (http://www.tifreports.com). The CivicLab is operated by Benjamin Sugar and Tom Tresser.