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Preparing the Next Generation of Local Candidates
Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018 9:00 am

Earlier this month, more than 20 community members completed the non-partisan Candidate Academy presented by the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber and Sonoma County Alliance.

Congressman Mike Thompson headlined a distinguished roster of guest speakers that included political campaign consultants and current city, county and federal elected officials. Over four sessions, speakers provided expert knowledge and personal insights on running for office, applying for boards and commissions, actively volunteering in campaigns, fundraising and complying with campaign finance laws, crafting and delivering effective messaging, and soliciting endorsements. Participants also received briefings on a variety of key issues important to constituents in our community. 

One of many Chamber advocacy efforts, the Candidate Academy was established to further develop and enhance the leadership qualities of individuals who are committed to building a vibrant, inclusive economy by educating them on the issues facing our region and preparing them to run for elected office.


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