Thinking about running for office in 2018? Don’t miss Montana Farm Bureau’s Campaign Management Seminar February 12-13 at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena. This two-day comprehensive strategy session covers everything from selecting your campaign theme and platform, to setting up your campaign structure, managing money and winning. It was developed by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) with input from political consultants and staff from both major political parties. It’s designed for candidates running for public office, their spouses, their managers, individuals interested in running for political office and prospective campaign managers.
A case study and a computer campaign simulation assist in the presentation of the seminar. These features allow participants the opportunity to have meaningful, hands-on experience and to test techniques, tools and methods. The seminar teaches participants how to evaluate the candidate and the electorate, build a campaign structure, raise money, enlist allies, create coalitions, and get last-minute election day voter attention.
The seminar will be led by Jay Ferris with the Nebraska Farm Bureau. Jay first joined the staff of Nebraska Farm Bureau in 1999. Since 2004 he has served the organization as Director of Grassroots Programs. In this capacity, Jay oversees political involvement and PAC activities through candidate surfacing and support efforts, as well as general government relations activities on behalf of the organization’s 61,000 family members. Mr. Ferris is recognized throughout the Midwest as an outstanding political consultant and has been actively involved in hundreds of local, state, and national political campaigns.
“As the Legislature has fewer and fewer ‘boots under the table’ it’s imperative that farmers, ranchers and rural residents run for office” says MFBF Executive Vice President John Youngberg. “We need to surface and train people who share our beliefs and values and help them get elected, regardless of political party. Our school offers an amazing opportunity to learn how to conduct a winning campaign. We have had a number of successful candidates who were victorious because of the skills they developed through our two-day program.”
The registration and hotel deadline is February 1. For hotel reservations call the Radisson Colonial Hotel, 406-443-2100 and request the MFBF room block rate of $103/night. Register online or contact Kelsie Harbert, 406-587-3153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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