WSU Targets Women to Offer Election Training

OGDEN, Utah – The Walker Political Leadership Institute at Weber State University will host Real Women Run, an organization that encourages and educates women to run successfully for public office. The event will be held Jan. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning Dumke Legacy Hall.

The WSU event is open to both women and men who are interested in learning how to run for political office, including students and community members. Light refreshments will be provided.

Real Women Run is a non-partisan organization dedicated to empowering women to participate in public life through elected political office, appointments to public boards and commissions, and work on campaigns.

“Talented women throughout Utah already make an enormously positive contribution to our state and to the well-being of its citizens, but women, though half the population, are not proportionally represented in elected political office at any level of government,” said Anne Burkholder, CEO of the YWCA Utah, which convened the first meeting of what became Real Women Run. “By training Utah women to run for public office, Real Women Run encourages women to claim their rightful place in public conversations where decisions are made that affect their lives, the lives of their families and the futures of their communities.”

Training sessions include:
  • Why We Should Run for Office, presented by Jan Zogmaister, Weber County Commissioner
  • Campaign Finance, Liv Olafsson Moffat, Herbert for Governor finance advisor
  • Campaign Organization, Lauren Littlefield, Utah State Democratic Party political director
The Walker Political Leadership Institute will host a series of campaign events. On Feb. 11, Utah’s Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, along with the local party leaders, will present an evening of caucus training.

April 8 is candidates’ night, where voters can meet local candidates running for office in Davis, Morgan and Weber counties.
The Political Leadership Institute is co-sponsored by the Walker Institute, the Weber State Political Science Department and Continuing Education.

The location for all sessions will be the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning Dumke Legacy Hall, from 7 to 9 p.m. The events are free, but participants are encouraged to RSVP at weber.edu/pli. Students may inquire about credit with the Walker Institute. 

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Contact:
Carol McNamara, Walker Institute director
801-626-6206 • carolmcnamara@weber.edu
Author:
Allison Barlow Hess, public relations director
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu