AFL-Cio Candidate Training Program Will Prepare Union Members to Run for Local Office

Have you ever thought about running for city council, school board, or another elected office? OSEA members who are interested in bringing a pro-worker platform to local government can learn how to run a successful campaign by participating in Path to Power training program.

The Oregon AFL-CIO will host a series of 2-day Path to Power candidate trainings around the state to prepare union members to run for elected office in 2020. Those who want more information as they consider running in future elections are also encouraged to attend. The training covers fundraising, crafting an effective message, creating a campaign plan, building a campaign team, effective targeting, talking to voters and more. Four trainings will take place in January:

Springfield, January 11 to 12: Email Chris Maxie or (971) 336-0502 to register.

Medford, January 18 to 19: Email Misha Hernandez or (541) 210-4905 to register.

Salem, January 18 to 19: Email Chris Maxie or (971) 336-0502 to register.

Bend, January 25 to 16: Email Ashlee Hoffman or (458) 206-9487 to register.

Path to Power is a project by the National AFL-CIO, the Oregon AFL-CIO and the Oregon Labor Candidate School. The program aims to recruit and elect candidates for local government office with the goal of shifting power in local government to favor stronger pro-worker policies and developing a bench of candidates to move into higher office.

“Many of our members have heard of Oregon Labor Candidate School and its high quality training for elections like the state legislature. Path to Power will be a great complement, helping prepare candidates for local elections like the school board races that impact our members so much,” said OSEA Government Relations Specialist Bob Estabrook. Unlike the Oregon Labor Candidate School, Path to Power will focus specifically on local elections.

OSEA is an affiliated union of the Oregon AFL-CIO, a federation of labor unions in the state of Oregon.