The Political Training Program was created as an answer to many of our members who expressed frustration that counties were not well represented in the legislature; that too many anti-local bills were being pushed and supported by legislators who have little understanding of county government; that one solution to this problem would be to encourage more county commissioner to run for higher office, especially the Legislature.

The ICG turned to a political veteran, Sandy Mortham, to put together a forum that would help commissioners understand some of the obstacles and opportunities in running for higher office.

The program focuses on personal and political preparation for future service as an elected official and community leader. Ideal attendees for the program are commissioners or county staff who are interested in running for higher office, especially the Legislature. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Decide if they are ready to run
  • Organize a campaign staff and structure
  • Raise funds
  • Work with the media
  • Communicate with voters