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Civic groups offer candidate training

A group of Evanston civic groups is offering training workshops for local candidates and their campaign workers.

The Public Service Challenge is a non-partisan two-day workshop created to provide practical information on campaigning and holding office in Evanston.

It is open to anyone interested in supporting a campaign or running for school or city offices in next April’s election.

The first workshop, "Working Together: Critical Issues," will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the District 65 Hill Education Building, 1500 McDaniel Ave.

The second workshop, "Nuts and Bolts of Campaigning," will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Parasol Room at the Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

The fee is $15 for one workshop; $25 for both.

The program brings together a variety of experts and leaders to share their knowledge of the local electoral process, including:

  • Nominating petitions.
  • Organizing campaign committees.
  • Legal requirements for public office.
  • Fund raising activities.
  • Election laws and reporting requirements.
  • The city and school budgets.

The program is a collaborative effort coordinated by the Evanston Community Foundation’s Leadership Evanston Program. Participating civic groups include The Evanston Branch of the NAACP, Evanston Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters of Evanston, The Network for Evanston’s Future, Interfaith Action of Evanston, Childcare Network of Evanston and Evanston/Skokie PTA Council.

Registration forms are available online.

For more information, contact Marybeth Schroeder, senior program officer, Leadership Evanston, at 847-492-0992.

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