PPG, YWCA of WNY, New York Civic, City & State newspaper, and New York Policy Forum presented a Candidate College on June 16, 2012. The Candidate College is non-partisan and has no ideological litmus test to participate. It is meant to provide those interested in running for public office, or those interested in participating in a campaign in other ways, the knowledge they need to run.
Read the Buffalo News coverage here: Experts dish campaign advice for future political contestants (June 17, 2012)
The goal of Candidate College is simple: increase the number of strong, well-prepared candidates running for elected office at every level. Topics included nuts-and-bolts issues like fundraising, advertising, and canvassing, as well as important considerations such as the effect of campaigning (and winning) on a candidate’s spouse and family.
Candidate College was recorded and we hope to make that video available soon. In the meantime, you can view sessions of the 2011 New York City Candidate College here.
The YWCA of WNY candidate school (Institute for Public Leadership, or IPL) has a long history with over 500 graduates in WNY, including many women in elected office in Western New York and many, many staff members. Among the program’s graduates are Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, Judge Barbara Howe, Judge Lisa Bloch Rodwin, County Leg Lynn Marinelli, Barbara Miller Williams, and many others.