Running for Local Office

Wonder what it takes to run for local office? Already planning to run for office or assisting a candidate? Attending the League of Women Voters of Manatee County’s “Running for Local Office Workshop” is a great way to educate yourself on campaigning or give a boost to your campaign.

The League is offering a half-day “Running for Local Office” workshop for citizens, prospective candidates for public office, and those that support them. The workshop includes information on preparing yourself to be a candidate, working with the press and social media, working with your political party, completing necessary paperwork and running a successful campaign. It also provides an opportunity for you to talk, brainstorm and question those who have been through it before, and been successful. If you are serious about running, you will want to invite your support team so you can begin to implement the ideas as soon as possible.

Fee:  $35. You will receive a How to Run for Local Office handbook (for Manatee County) upon registration. To Register Click Here

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How to Run for Office Program

  • 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 Welcome and “Prepare Yourself to be a Candidate
  • 9:10 Multitude of tasks speakers:
    • Scott Farrington, Assistant Supervisor of Elections
      • Proper completion and filing of the required paperwork, common errors that generate fines.
      • Collecting signatures
      • Organizing a campaign staff.
    • David Fairey, CPA
      • Record keeping
      • Fund raising
  • 10:00 BREAK
  • 10:15 How to promote, work with the press and social media
    • Ryan Callahan, Reporter Bradenton Herald
    • Cesar “CJ” Garcia, Owner of Alpha Fortius Consultants, Inc.
  • 11:00 BREAK
  • 11:15 Panel discussion
    • County commissioner Misty Servia
    • Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie
    • Bradenton Council member Pam Coachman
    • Manatee school board member Mary Foreman
  • 12:15 Close

LWV will facilitate the panel discussion and each segment will be followed by a question-and-answer session.


Jan 22 2022


8:30 am - 12:30 pm


State College of Florida Library
5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207