“In the Running” Prepares Scholars for Elective Office

One of the many ways that Truman Scholars choose to engage in public service is through elective office. This November, the Truman Scholars Association organized a workshop specifically focused on helping Scholars who wish to pursue this path.


On Saturday, November 14, Scholars from around the country convened at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC, to attend In the Running, a workshop for Scholars who are planning or considering a run for elective office.


Panelists represented both sides of the aisle and brought expertise from areas such as polling, messaging, fundraising, and even the personal and professional lives of office holders themselves. The day-long program was designed to equip Scholars with the tools and relationships needed to mount an effective campaign, soon or in the years to come.


Panelists included many Scholars, such as Bob Holste (PA ’83), Deputy Director, Government Relations for the Pew Charitable Trusts (the event’s host), Jim St. George (MN ’79), Managing Partner of the Voter Activation Network (VAN), and Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza (NC ’09) of Progressive Media. Three current elected officeholders also shared their experiences with campaigning and serving: Georgia General Assemblywoman Stacey Abrams (MS ’94), New Castle County (Delaware) Executive Chris Coons (DE ’83), and Missouri State Representative Jake Zimmerman (MO ’95).


More information about In the Running, including the full agenda and panelist biographies, is available online: http://www.trumanscholars.org/events/in-the-running


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