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How to Run for Office

How to Run for Office

Many people will tell you they could be better than [insert politician’s name], but actually running to become a politician isn’t quite as easy. Running for local or state office is a big decision and it can be difficult to know where to begin exploring. Turning your passion for public service into a winning campaign can be equally as daunting.

At the next installment of our Advocacy Engagement Series, the Grand Rapids Chamber is bringing together experts with diverse experiences and viewpoints to help interested members get beyond the question of “Why do I want to run for office?” and get a grasp of organizing a successful campaign.

In this session, we’ll go over the good, the bad and the ugly of running a political campaign. Our speakers will cover everything from “What am I getting into?” to the nuts and bolts of filing and running for office.

Whether you are just beginning to consider a future run or you are certain you will be jumping in, we hope you’ll join us for a program that is complimentary for members!

Advocacy Engagement Series: How to Run for Office

Monday, August 26 | 7:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Grand Rapids Chamber

Click here to Register

Questions? Contact Joshua Lunger at 616.771.0336


7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
8:00 – 8:05 a.m. Welcome
8:05 – 8:30 a.m. Session 1: What am I Getting Into?

    • Campaign Planning & Budgeting
    • Voter Lists & Data Management
    • Campaign Fundraising
    • Election Laws
    • Voter Targeting & Identification
    • Voter Contact & Earned Media
    • Volunteers, Grassroots Operations
    • Get Out The Vote

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Election Nuts and Bolts: Registering, Running and Filing

Lisa Lyons, Clerk, Kent County

9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Panel: Winning, Losing, the Issues and Everything in Between

Mandy Bolter, Senior Analyst, Spectrum Health
Chair, Kent County Board of Commissioners

Brandon Dillon, Lobbyist, WinMatt Group
Michigan House of Representatives District 75 (D) 2011-2015

Kristian Grant, Donor Development Manager, ArtPrize
President, Grand Rapids Board of Education

Bryan Harrison, Lead Advisor of Public Policy, Amway
Supervisor, Caledonia Township

Lupe Ramos-Montigny, Member, State Board of Education


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