Butler chamber hosts ‘Candidate College’ for public office candidates

If you want to run for an elected office but aren’t exactly sure how to go about it, a local of chamber of commerce wants to help prepare you.

The Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton will host a Candidate College designed to prepare prospective candidates for public office.

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“This will give potential candidates an opportunity to learn from past office holders. I feel it will provide priceless information for those interested in running for public office,” said Tom Scott, co-chair of the chamber’s Advocacy and Government Relations Task Force.

The three-session course will give participants an opportunity to discuss topics with former elected officials and professionals including how to get on the ballot, campaign finance, ethics and legal obligations, knowing the issues, and why you are running.

“This program begins to answer some of the questions a potential candidate has before they decide to run for elected office. If they do decide to run, it will give them a good foundation on where to start and a process to follow,” said Rick Pearce, president and CEO of The Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton.

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Sessions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 25, Aug. 8 and Aug. 22 in the chamber’s conference room, 1500 Central Avenue in downtown Middletown. The cost of the program is $100 and includes all necessary materials, according to the chamber.

To register or learn more, visit www.thechamberofcommerce.org or contact the chamber office by at 513-422-4551.

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