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Whether you’re thinking of the U.S. Senate or a local school board, come learn the basics of running for elected office: Motivation, Message, Money, and Mechanics.

The session for this event took place November 11, 2017 in the Chase Center at Vermont Law School.

You can view the session in its entirety below:

Panel moderated by former Governor Madeleine Kunin

Message: Randy Brock and Sen. Joe Benning

Legal Requirements, Money, Mechanics

Featured speakers

Kathleen Falk

Visiting Professor of Law

Madeleine Kunin

Former Governor of Vermont

Randy Brock

Former State Auditor

Mayor Liz Gamache

Mayor of Saint Albans, VT

Sen. Joe Benning

Vermont Senate, Caledonia-Orange District

Sen. Alison Clarkson

Vermont Senate, Windsor District

Robert Sand

Assistant Professor of Law

Sarah Buxton

Former Member, Vermont House of Representatives

Jim Condos

Vermont Secretary of State

Ruth Hardy

Executive Director, Emerge Vermont

Melissa Mulliken


Books and Articles

  • How to Win a Local Election: A Complete Step-By-Step Guide, (2007) by Judge Lawrence Grey
  • The Making of the President, (1964) by Theodore White
  • Living a Political Life, (1994) by Madeleine Kunin
  • Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush, (2003) by Lou Dubose, et al
  • Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, (2015) by David Axelrod

Organizations and Websites