We’re excited to bring you a variety of training sessions as we head into the primary season of 2017. Our Winter Training are focused on candidate recruitment & training, issues education and updates in data, digital, and field organizing strategies.
All training sessions are held on Friday, February 10th.
Petition and Financial Filings
Presented by Jonathan Marks, Trisha Robinson, Jessica Mathis – PA Department of State
Ballroom A: 12:00 pm
One of the first and most important parts of the process to becoming an official candidate is to effectively circulate and gather signatures to get your name on the ballot. We are fortunate to have those in charge of the whole process for the Commonwealth for Pennsylvania; no one knows the process better than our three guest speakers.Register
It’s the Economy, Stupid!
Presented by Dwayne Heisler, State Committee Member
Ballroom B: 12:00 pm
“It’s the Issues, stupid” is a slight variation of the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid”, which James Carville had coined as a campaign strategist of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against sitting president George H. W. Bush. Let’s get our messaging back on track with this dynamic session.Register
Becoming a Candidate and Running a Campaign
Presented by Anne Wakabayashi, EmergePA
Ballroom C: 12:00 pm
Women in office often take unique paths to leadership; we explore a few different women’s paths to deciding to run. Joining EMERGE Executive Director Anne Wakabayashi will be a group of current and former EMERGE alumni on a panel to share their experiences along the way. If you’re considering a run for office, or other leadership opportunities, this is a must-attend event.Register
The Crisis in Unionism – Where from here?
Presented by Matt Edgell, PSEA
Ballroom A: 1:00 pm
Since the election of 2008, the anti-union forces have worked tirelessly and effectively to disenfranchise public unions (and their members) as a political and economic force in the US. This presentation chronicles the battle so far, the considerable obstacles we face under a Trump presidency and possible strategies to maintain and grow unions and uphold their core principles.Register
Digital Tools for Advocacy in 2017
Presented by Craig Grella, PA Dems
Ballroom B: 1:00 pm
Overview of tools available for use through the PA Dems Digital program, including the events portal to promote local events and grow the local committee, how to tap into the Volunteer Corps, and how to engage on social media platforms.Register
Municipal Targeting 101
Hosted by Brett Benson, United Steelworkers
Ballroom C: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
This training will cover how to build a comprehensive universe for municipal elections. It will cover ways you can target the right voters at the right time with an emphasis on local elections. Learn how to plan for and research these voters, and how to start building your lists for voter outreach.Register
Candidate Recruitment & Training
Presented by Mitch Kates, PA Dems
Ballroom A: 2:00 pm
Grassroots activism begins with local efforts, none more important than finding candidates to run for seats at a local level up and down the ballot. Now more than ever we need to recruit and train candidates to run for office in this and future cycles. In this timely Deminar we will discuss ideas for finding & recruiting candidates. As a part of our discussion, we’ll hear directly from some of our most recent candidates who share their stories and ideas for finding and supporting candidates as we move forward with the 2017 Election Cycle and beyond.Register
Websites and Social Media Pages: Yes, you need them. Here’s how to use them.
Presented by Craig Grella, PA Dems
Ballroom B: 2:00 pm
How to easily create and manage a web presence for getting the word out about local issues, including easy website management, and the creation of a facebook page for your group.Register
Municipal Targeting 201
Presented by Megan Winters, PA Dems
Ballroom C: 2:00 pm
What to do with the local universe: so building VPB’s, cutting turf, MiniVAN, etc. – sort of an ‘Engaging with your Universe’ training.Register
Further information on training sessions will be posted as it becomes available.