PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: Feb. 25, 2005
New UM-Dearborn program will help citizens learn how to run for office, manage campaigns, or serve in local government
DEARBORN---"We're looking for people who are willing to take on
the responsibility of serving in local elected offices, and helping them
think through the process of organizing a campaign and getting elected,"
is how Edward Bagale, vice chancellor for government relations at the
University of Michigan-Dearborn, describes a new program being launched
at the campus this spring.
The program has been in the planning stages for the last year under the
leadership of Pan Godchaux, a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives.
The new program, sponsored by the campus's Institute for Local Government,
will offer a three-part series of seminars in April and May. Each part
of the series will be offered twice, including weekday evening and Saturday
sessions. "Participants will learn what it means to serve in a local
elected office, how to get ready to run for local office and how to lead
a campaign," Godchaux said.
The first session of the series is called "Thinking of Serving?"
and will look at local elected opportunities, the responsibilities of
office, and the effect of public service on candidates and their families.
The second session, called "I am going to run: What now?" will
cover how candidates develop positions and messages to reach out to voters,
and provide an overview of a campaign.
The third session, "How do I run a campaign?" will take an
in-depth look at organizing, recruiting volunteers, raising money, and
legal matters around campaigns.
The seminars are offered separately or as a full series, at a charge
ranging from $30 for the first session, to $125 for the daylong third
session, which will include lunch. Classes will include panels, lectures
and discussions with office holders and experts in campaign management.
All sessions will be offered at UM-Dearborn's Fairlane Center building,
on Hubbard Drive between Southfield and Evergreen.
The Institute for Local Government was founded at the UM-Dearborn School
of Education in 2003 to offer a variety of programs to help develop stronger
civic leadership in the region. Over the past year, the Institute has
offered a series of classes and seminars designed to support new school
board members as they make the transition from private citizen to public
"The mission of the Institute for Local Government is to increase
the participation and capacity of citizens participating in local government
within the tri-county area of southeastern Michigan," according to
Bagale. "As the problems local government is asked to solve become
more complex and resources more scarce, those serving in local government
often need more skills than they bring to office with them."
To register for the classes or for additional information about the series,
call the Institute for Local Government at (313) 593-5140.