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Running for Office seminar gets future local candidates ready to campaign

Purdue Extension and the Tippecanoe County Clerk worked together to hold the first Running for Office seminar.

Posted: Sep 25, 2019 12:01 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Future local government leaders are getting ready to run their campaigns. Purdue Extension and the Tippecanoe County Clerk worked together to hold the first Running for Office seminar.

A crowd of about 30 attended the event at the Tippecanoe County Extension Office Tuesday night. They learned about what it takes to run for local office, from finances to marketing tactics.

A panel of experienced, local public servants from both parties answered questions about their experiences.

Ashley Galloway helped organize the event from the Purdue Extension side. She said Tippecanoe County is a special community that works together despite party lines.

"We want to see you run, we want to see you better serve our community," she said. "It doesn't matter if you're Democratic or Republican, there's someone there who is willing to help you through this process."

Tyrone Taylor is the Town Board President for Dayton and is currently re-running for his position this November. He attended Tuesday's seminar. Even though he has already had a successful campaign, he says there is always more to learn.

"It gives you a lot of good information because it's hard to look it up online and know where to go, how to file your correct paperwork, what to expect with campaigning," he said.

Purdue Extension is creating a curriculum that any county clerk in the state can pick up and use to educate people in their communities.
Currently about 10 Indiana counties are testing out this program. Those running the pilot program in Tippecanoe County said it was a big success.

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