(Please note that the date for this event has changed from Friday, September 13, to Friday, November 22nd.) 

Are you considering running for elected office – or helping someone who is campaigning – and don’t know where to start?

Now in its 7th year, “Campaign 101,” a workshop for potential candidates, campaign managers and volunteers, will cover the rules and regulations, fundraising, getting your message out and other fundamentals of seeking elected office. 

Presented by Leadership Knoxville, “Campaign 101” will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, November 22nd at the Knoxville Chamber, 17 Market Square.  The registration fee of $50 covers lunch, snacks, and workshop materials.

Scheduled speakers include Administer of Elections in Knox County, Cliff Rodgers, who will discuss rules and regulations of campaigns and campaign finance laws, and Susan Richardson Williams, a veteran of political campaigns with extensive fundraising experience. Panelists will include campaign managers from both sides of the aisle, media practitioners, and office-holders willing to share their own experiences and insights.

“Civic engagement is a core principle of our organization, and we feel this is a great way to educate and empower individuals considering elected office by bringing together great speakers and subject matter experts to offer advice on the mechanics of political campaigns,” said Tammy White, president and CEO of Leadership Knoxville. “This workshop is designed to help those interested in running for office, campaign management and volunteering to better understand the fundamentals of elections.”

October 14 is the first day to pick up nominating petitions to run for local elected offices in 2020. In Knox County, voters will cast ballots for seven Knox County Commissioners, four school board members, law director and property assessor, as well as state senate and state house seats.

Campaign 101 is co-sponsored by the Knoxville Chamber and the Knoxville Area Urban League. 

The workshop is open to residents of the greater Knoxville region. Register online at www.leadershipknoxville.com by clicking the “Campaign 101” button.  For more information, contact Samantha Edwards at Leadership Knoxville at (865) 523-9137.