Candidate School - Application


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.

We're lucky to have guest elected officials, campaign managers, and former candidates including:

  • Former Attorney General Matt Denn

  • County Executive Matt Meyer

  • Sen. Laura Sturgeon

  • Rep. Melissa Minor-Brown

  • Councilwoman Rysheema Dixon

  • Cerron Cade

  • Drew Wilson

  • Eugene Young

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 and 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 develop their skills.

Here is the schedule for the 2019 program.

  • February 19th, 6pm to 8pm - Basics of running and your public narrative

  • March 5th, 6pm to 8pm - Field, volunteer recruitment, and management

  • March 19th, 6pm to 8pm - Communications and working with the press

  • April 2nd, 6pm to 8pm - Fundraising and political constituencies

  • April 16th, 6pm to 8pm - Managing yourself/working with the team + policy

  • May 4th, 10am to 4pm - Simulation day (i.e. practicing applying all the skills together)

Early registration deadline is January 31st!

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