9-9:05am Opening Remarks [Scott Muelrath, President/CEO of Henderson Chamber of Commerce]
9:05-9:30am Should I run? What to Expect When Running for Office. [Clark County Commissioner James B. Gibson] Learn what it takes to be a candidate for political office and gain an understanding of the level of commitment required to make a campaign successful and get elected. This session will also address community involvement opportunities available now that can better position to-be candidates for a future in public service.
9:30-11am Campaign Strategy – Gaining a Competitive Edge [Joe Brezny, Carrara Nevada Government Affairs, Las Vegas/Reno/Carson City] [Charles Gallagher of Advanced Micro Targeting, Las Vegas] [Sean Sinclair of Sinclair Strategies, Boston] Gain a thorough understanding of campaign planning and development as well as what it takes to work the plan. This multi-pronged learning module will address: campaign planning, financing, research and targeting campaigns, fundraising programs, voter contact efforts, crafting effective messages, employing multi-media marketing tactics, as well as Get Out The Vote efforts.
11-11:45am How to Engage with News Media [Jon Ralston, Editor of The Nevada Independent] Learn how to interact, prepare for interviews and build rapport with news reporters. This module will also cover how candidates can prepare for an editorial board endorsement meeting.
Noon-12:45pm Sharing Their Experience (Working Lunch) [Nevada State Senator Becky Harris]
12:45-1pm Getting the Endorsement [Amber Stidham, Dir. of Gov't Affairs of HCC Issues Mobilization Political Action Committee] Understand the timeline, process and shared insight as to issues, criteria and considerations HCC’s IMPAC (pro-business political action committee) analyzes in order to make candidate endorsements
1pm Closing Remarks [Matt Engle, Chairman of HCC Issues Mobilization Political Action Committee]
*Speakers subject to change
Interested in running for office in 2018 and beyond? Get Your Start Now
Join us for an educational half-day, non-partisan program to discuss what it takes to become a winning candidate directly from campaign strategists, political news commentator, as well as current elected officials at the state and local levels.
Learning modules will address: expectations of running for office, developing a comprehensive campaign strategy, engaging with news media, how to seek campaign endorsements and more.
Who should attend?
Anyone who has considered serving on:
Local boards and commissions
County Board of Supervisors
OR! Who wants to be an educated campaign volunteer
HCC Members $45 | Non-members $55 (includes a plated lunch)
Advance registration required.
The HCC’s Campaign School is hosted biennially (every other year), with the last program taking place in 2015 in partnership with the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.
The IMPAC is a bipartisan group that makes direct contributions to candidates who promote and vote for an agenda of a favorable business climate. IMPAC operates separately from the HCC by independent HCC volunteer members and follows the mission of the HCC and its member businesses.