Candidate school to teach ins and outs of elected office

Staff writerFebruary 19, 2014 

A steady stream of vehicles stopped by the ballot drop box at the Thurston County Courthouse during the Election Day lunch hour in 2013

STEVE BLOOM — Staff photographer

If you’ve ever dreamed of running for office, casting votes as a member of a city council or elbowing your way through the state Legislature, this course is for you.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is hosting a candidate academy starting in March. The six-session class is intended to help people decide whether running for office is right for them, said Melissa Vincett with the chamber.

“It answers questions about what the actual day-to-day job looks like,” Vincett said. “We call the first session ‘The good, the bad and the ugly.’”

After the series of classes, a potential candidate might learn she is more interested in lobbying elected leaders than being one herself, Vincett said.

“Some people last year (attended) who were already planning to run, and others knew they were never going to run and were learning about the process,” she said.

Sessions for the nonpartisan classes start at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 5 and continue for six consecutive Wednesdays, with a graduation ceremony in April. The cost is $200 for non-members, $175 for chamber members. Those who take the class will hear from current elected officials, lobbyists and campaign workers.

The Pierce County Auditor’s website has an election guide for 2014 candidates, which includes a list of offices up for grabs this fall.

Print out the application here and mail the required information before Feb. 28.

Kate Martin: @KateReports

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