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Learn How to Run for Office

Mar 23, 2010

With elections coming up later this year, many are pondering whether they should run for political office but aren't sure exactly how to do that. Wonder no more. The Leadership Stockton Alumni Association and the Westgate Center for Management Development at University of the Pacific will host a round-table discussion on how to become a political candidate and win the election.

The event will be at 5:30 p.m. April 7 in the Eberhardt School of Business on Pacific's Stockton campus. It is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required.

"It used to be that the only skills really needed to run for office were a trusting personality and the perseverance of canvassing neighborhoods," said Peter Johnson, director of the Westgate Center. "Now it requires an in-depth understanding of the voters in the community as well as the ability to raise money."

During the two-hour session, the participants will discuss why they ran for office, the pros and cons of holding elected office, what legal requirements and paper work must be filled out, and what it takes to convince enough people to vote for a candidate. Panel participants in the discussion include San Joaquin County Supervisor Steve Bestolarides, Stockton Vice Mayor Kathy Miller, Lincoln Unified School Board Member Paul Canepa, San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters Austin Erdman and Political Consultant Don Parsons.

To register for the event, contact Amber Dominguez at 209.946.2956 or send an e-mail to westgate@pacific.edu.