Elected Office 101: A Workshop for Candidates Considering Local Office

Red & Blue hands in the air

Did you know:

In April 2019, Bayfield & Ashland County voters will elect more than 150 local officials. Currently, 20% of the region’s locally elected decision-makers are women, 80% are men. While voter choice is the backbone of democracy, most candidates will run unopposed.

This is your chance

to explore running for office in a supportive environment.


Elected Office 101: A Workshop for Candidates Considering  Local Office

Thurs, Nov 15, 2018 ~ 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center


Workshop will include speakers and small group discussions,

as well as opportunities for mentoring and individualized planning.

 We’ll cover important topics:

  • The “I’m Not Qualified” myth 
  • Dealing with negative feedback
  • Best practices in a challenging race
  • Small town politics: The art of disagreeing with neighbors
  • Demystifying leadership
  • The responsibilities of a local elected official

This nonpartisan event is FREE and OPEN TO EVERYONE!

Light refreshments provided.

This program is in partnership between UW-Extension and the League of Women Voters® of Ashland & Bayfield Counties

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a candidate for local offices, here are some resources you can use to learn more about the election process. Whether it’s a town, city, village, county, or school board position you’re interested in there are resources for you to help you get started.

The Ashland and Bayfield counties UW-Extension offices are compiling a list of local elected officials who would like to help new candidates get started. Contact a Community Development educator in your county to help you connect to an experienced local person who loves serving as an elected official and has knowledge and tools to share with you.

Elected Office 101: poster

Elected Office 101: poster (pdf, 1 page, 781KB)

Resources for New Candidates!

UW-Extension research on why people don’t run for elected offices.

Research results about why women don’t run for office.

UW-Extension’s Local Government Center This center offers resources for candidates running for local offices.

Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC): Resources for officials on conducting local elections and information for voters. They also have local nonpartisan election how-to information.

Wisconsin Towns Association (WTA) “Empowering town officials.” The best place to get started is to open the “Information Library” tab and then click on “Elections.”

Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) “Protecting the Interests of County Government since 1935”.

Roberts Rules video training about parliamentary procedure for running governmental meetings (15 minutes)

Wisconsin Policy Forum: The Wisconsin Policy Forum is a nonpartisan, independent statewide policy research organization with offices in Milwaukee and Madison; its mission is to provide informed, nonpartisan analysis of critical policy issues affecting local governments, school districts, and the state of Wisconsin.

How to Run for Local Elected Office in Wisconsin.” This guide takes new candidates through each step to prepare for an election bid.

How to run a caucus election process from the Wisconsin Elections Commission.  The following municipalities in Bayfield County have caucus elections:  Barksdale, Town of Bayfield, Bayview, Bell, Clover, Eileen, Hughes, Kelly, Keystone, Town of Mason, Orienta, Oulu, Pilsen, Port Wing, Russell, Tripp, Village of Mason

If you’re interested in learning more about how to run as a candidate for a local office, please click on these nominations documents and guidelines below that apply to any county’s candidates. Thanks to Heather Schutte and Scott Fibert, the county clerks in Ashland and Bayfield counties, for their help with local paperwork processes and documents!


Kellie Pederson ~ Community Development Extension Educator

County Administration Bldg
117 E. 5th Street
Washburn, WI 54891-9464
Phone: 715-373-6104
Fax: 715-373-6304
Email: kellie.pederson@ces.uwex.edu


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