Network Delaware’s Candidate School is for those wishing to learn what it takes to win elections and be effective public servants. This intensive program immerses participants in the fundamentals of strategy, communications, resource generation, 21st century tools, and tactics.
The Candidate School is co-sponsored by The National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Delaware Chapter, the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, and the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Young Professionals.
Past speakers have included guest elected officials, campaign managers, and former candidates (e.g. Attorney General Matt Denn, County Executive Matt Meyer, Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon, Councilwoman Jen Wallace, Councilman Chris Hamilton, and School Board member Dr. Adriana Bohm).
Selected participants will develop their skills through group workshops, campaign simulations, and working with guest speakers. Through out-of-class assignments (e.g. readings, videos, and exercises) participants will hone their ability to be successful candidates.
Participants will also work in groups to generate example campaign plans that they will actually practice implementing. The programs ends with final presentation of campaign plan results before a panel of campaign professionals.
This program is for:
Those who want to learn the process of running for office. This program is ideal for those who want to learn more before deciding to run, and for those who have decided to run and want to further develop their skills.
This program covers 21st century political organizing methods, with a special emphasis on the process to create a grassroots political culture. Through this course, participants will be able to:
Chanda Jackson (Capital School Board)
“I ran for an office prior to knowing there was training available, and I would encourage those interested in running for office to consider attending a training to help prepare you for what's to come. Attending a training prior to running could help tremendously.”
Sen. Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman
"We are living in a moment when it's become clear more of us must step up to take a seat in the halls of elected government, so that they will be more representative of the people. Many of us have felt that pull in this moment, but it is so hard to know where to begin, as outsiders. Network Delaware’s Candidate Training School can open that opportunity up to anyone with the drive to answer the call to serve, giving more of us the information and support needed to access the complex process of getting elected."
Sen. Laura Sturgeon
“As a first-time candidate with no experience working on campaigns aside from phone-banking and canvassing, I found Network Delaware's training programs invaluable. Network Delaware's coaching staff taught me how to form a team, write a plan and budget, and draft a clear message. The plan we created was my guiding star--as long as I was working toward executing it, I felt confident that, win or lose, I would be able to look back without regret, knowing I had done all I could to be successful. Luckily, I won my race, and I credit Network Delaware for their essential role in getting my campaign off the ground.”