WILMINGTON, N.C. (January 7, 2015) – The Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors (WRAR) is hosting a Candidate Training Academy at their offices on Sir Tyler Drive on February 2, 2015. The program, developed by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), delivers high-level training to individuals who have held public office or are considering a run for political office.
“Last year, the Garner Report recommended that the community ‘Recruit and help train business leaders to serve in elected office and serve on appointed boards and commissions,’” said Sherri Pickard, WRAR President. “Immediately, we sent a request to NAR asking that they allow us to host the annual candidate training in Wilmington, and they agreed.”
The Candidate Training Academy is a full-day program designed for both those considering office and those up for reelection. Specifically, it covers subjects such as: Why Run for Office?, Campaign Planning and Budgeting, Research and Targeting, Fundraising, Voter Contact, Winning Online, Get Out The Vote (GOTV), Grassroots and Volunteers.
“The program is taught by a national professional with field experience and is only offered once per year in each state,” said Pickard. “We expect this class to attract a large number of current and future public servants and are looking forward to a full class.”
Attendance requires an invitation and the $49 fee covers the cost of the training, a 120 page campaign manual, continental breakfast and lunch. Those interested may contact Shane Johnson, the Senior Governmental and Community Affairs Director at WRAR.