More than two dozen potential candidates for public office learned the ins and outs of managing a political campaign during the recent Make a Difference, Run for Office Workshop sponsored by the Lansing Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (LRC-PAC).
The 27 workshop attendees learned about the multiple regulatory requirements associated with a campaign from Evelyn Quiroga of the State Bureau of Elections. Campaign strategist Matt Resch spoke about the tools to deliver a solid message and executing a campaign that delivers results.
“This chamber event on running for office was an excellent overview of the work and rewards of running for an elected position,” said Phil Deschaine who is a candidate for Meridian Township Clerk. “The speakers provided me with good insights into what it takes to succeed, how to stay compliant with elections law and a very realistic assessment of the work and passion required of successful candidates for public office.”
“I found the workshop very helpful to people new to the process, but also to those of us who needed a refresher,” said Douglas Klein, president of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce. “The information on the State of Michigan internet resources that was provided by Evelyn Quiroga was extremely beneficial.”
Perhaps the most enlightening discussion came from a panel of current elected officials who talked about how to balance their campaign with other commitments, including families and jobs. That panel included: State Rep. Joan Bauer, State Rep. Paul Opsommer, Delta Township Trustee Jeff Hicks, Meridian Township Treasurer Julie Brixie and Lansing School Board member Peter Spadafore.