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Workshop Encourages Leadership in Local Communities
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/29/2021

The Wisconsin Farmers Union will host a virtual workshop next week to demystify the process of getting involved in local government and encourage those who care about family farms and resilient local economies to consider candidacy in local and county races this spring.

The program is slated to be held December 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature Ben Stepanek of Wisconsin Progress, along with a panel of WFU members including Ken Schmitt, Colfax, Chippewa County Board; Kriss Marion, Blanchardville, Lafayette County Board; and Jen Schmitz, Cashton, Monroe County Board.

"Change begins at the local level, and ordinary people can make a difference," said WFU Director Julie Keown-Bomar. "The process of running for local office can seem intimidating, but we have wonderful members throughout the state who are making a positive impact on Wisconsin through civic engagement. Local townships, city councils, and school and county boards are struggling to fill seats and are especially lacking voices that can reason together and develop good policy. Our communities need elected officials with Farmers Union values more than ever before."

The training will offer a crash course in campaign planning for local candidates, including the basics of getting ready to run, connecting with voters, and fundraising.

There is no cost for WFU members to participate, but there is a $30 registration fee for non-members.

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