Elkhart Chamber of Commerce to host school for political candidates

A two-day event in August will teach candidates how to effectively run a campaign. 

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 8:25 a.m.

ELKHART — The disdain for partisan politics on the national level is seemingly bigger than ever, but locally, Kyle Hannon still thinks he can help usher in some good candidates in upcoming elections.

Hannon, president of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, is organizing another candidate school for those thinking about running for public office.

The first school was held in October of 2013 and attracted about a dozen people, including two men who were victorious in the recent primary races, Republicans Curt Nisly and Doug Miller. They both advanced to the November general election for state representatives in different districts.

Hannon isn’t suggesting their attendance propelled them to victory in May, but he certainly thinks the two days of seminars coming up in August can put candidates in the right direction.

“We want to encourage good people to understand that it is possible to run a good campaign,” Hannon said. “We suspect that it’s less daunting than some think and maybe a little more complicated than others think.”

The non-partisan training offers prospective candidates details about:

■ How to organize a campaign

■ How to find community and party resources

■ How to use traditional communication sources as well as social media

■ How to prepare get-out-the-vote strategies

■ How to prepared for fundraising.

The seminar will also look at what winning candidates can expect if they are elected into office.

“You can be a single issue candidate, but you can’t be a single issue office holder,” Hannon said.

The seminars will be Aug. 7 and Aug. 9.

Registration is currently available through the chamber’s website. Cost for the seminars is $50 for both days. Additional people joining the prospective candidate can be added for $25, Hannon said.

Hannon said he thinks most people seeking office in county and municipal races are less interested in partisan politics.

“Despite what they might be seeing on social media and cable news, most local campaigns are more about issues and accomplishing service for the community,” Hannon said.

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