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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Jan. 25, 201805:26 AM EST

Leadership Jacksonville offers training for political candidates

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Five-week course begins April 6.

Leadership Jacksonville is accepting applications for a nonpartisan political campaign training program designed to help prepare potential candidates considering running for local public office.

The five-week, five-session course is April 6 through May 4.

“There are many crucial decisions to make before undertaking a political campaign, and we have put together a team of some of the area’s leading experts to cover information necessary for an effective campaign,” said Jill Langford Dame, Leadership Jacksonville CEO, in a news release.

The program will be led by Alberta Hipps and John Daigle.

Hipps is a former City Council president and a 1993 graduate of Leadership Jacksonville. Daigle is a 2000 Leadership Jacksonville graduate with more than 30 years of experience as a political news reporter and campaign consultant.

Seminar topics include ethics in campaigns and public service; voter targeting, research, polling and strategy; media relations; building a campaign team; and raising funds.

The application deadline is March 15. To register, visit leadershipjacksonville.org or call (904) 396-6263.

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