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Future Candidate School

On Wednesday January 13, 2021

What you will learn

LI's unique Future Candidate School teaches potential candidates the steps to take now to ensure a winning campaign in the future. The training focuses on your personal and political preparation for a future career in elected office.

The nation's top campaign experts and leading political consultants will show you how to prepare yourself for a successful candidacy.
You will learn to:
  • Develop the attributes of effective candidates
  • Build a strong base of grassroots support
  • Define and polish your message
  • Raise funds
This training is currently scheduled to be held online only but is prepared to move in-person should Arlington County safety guidelines permit. In the event it moves in-person, anyone who registered for the online portion will still be able to attend virtually.


NOTE: The Future Candidate School is not designed for current candidates. If you are running for office now, you'll benefit from attending the following LI programs: Public Speaking Workshop, Advanced Public Speaking Workshop, One-on-One Public Speaking Workshop, Introduction to Television Techniques, On-Camera Television Workshop, One-on-One Television Workshop, and High-Dollar Fundraising.

Details

Starts Wednesday, January 13

Wed 13:   9:00 AM  - 5:00 PM EST
Thu 14:   9:00 AM  - 5:00 PM EST
Fri 15:   9:00 AM  - 5:00 PM EST

Location

This training is online.

Cost

$150.00

Manager

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Kirsten Holmberg

Contact Kirsten with your questions.

What graduates say

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

State Representative (SC) District 86

 "With the help of many, I defeated the eight-year incumbent 57% to 43%. My campaign success was fueled by enrolling in LI's Future Candidate School. It was a most valuable experience. LI smoothed our political road to success." 

Alonzo Baldonado

Alonzo Baldonado

State Representative (NM) District 8

“This was my first time running for public office, and it was against a political veteran. It was a tough race, but LI gave me the education needed to run a successful campaign.”

Your faculty

Morton Blackwell

Morton Blackwell

President of the Leadership Institute

Professionally, Morton Blackwell is the president of the Leadership Institute, a non-partisan educational foundation he founded in 1979.

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Nancy Bocskor

Nancy Bocskor

Founder at The Nancy Bocskor Company

Nancy Bocskor, tagged a “Democracy Coach” by a major German newspaper, teaches citizens in the United States and internationally how to communicate with passion to affect change in their communities. For her se...

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Don Devine

Don Devine

Dr. Donald Devine is the Grewcock Senior Scholar at The Fund for American Studies. Devine served as President Ronald Reagan's civil service director during the president's first term in office. During that time, the Washin...

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Dena Espenscheid

Dena Espenscheid

Director of Grassroots Coalitions, Leadership Institute

Getting struck by lightning will not give you the superpowers needed to be a political mastermind who can take over the world. Dena Espenscheid knows this from first-hand experience. The shock did make her heart pound like...

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Dena Espenscheid

Dena Espenscheid

Director of Grassroots Coalitions, Leadership Institute

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Dena Espenscheid

Dena Espenscheid

Director of Grassroots Coalitions, Leadership Institute

Getting struck by lightning will not give you the superpowers needed to be a political mastermind who can take over the world. Dena Espenscheid knows this from first-hand experience. The shock did make her heart pound like...

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Angel Fimbres Barceló

Angel Fimbres Barceló

Former Political and Fundraising Training Director, Leadership Institute

Angel is the Asian Studeis Program Manager of the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation. Prior to her role at the Heritage Foundation, Angel served as the Political and Fundrai...

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Matthew Hurtt

Matthew Hurtt

Director, External Relationships for Americans for Prosperity (GLA)

Matthew Hurtt is a nationally-recognized activist, organizer, writer, and public speaker.

He previously served as State Director for Americans for Prosperity - Louisiana and as Director of External Relationships for...

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Lee Jackson

Lee Jackson

Youth Leadership School Director, Leadership Institute

Lee Jackson is the Director of the Leadership Institute's flagship training program, the Youth Leadership School. Prior to serving at LI, he was the campaign manager for Pat Herrity's winning 2019 Fairfax County Supervisor...

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George Landrith

George Landrith

President, Frontiers of Freedom

George C. Landrith III is the President and Chairman of Frontiers of Freedom having been hand selected to lead the organization by its founder U.S. Senator Malcolm Wallop, in 1999. Previously, Mr. Landrith served as the Vi...

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Katie LaPotin

Katie LaPotin

An experienced political operative, Katie LaPotin has been a strategic consultant for center-right candidates and conservative causes for more than a decade.

By emphasizing the use of big data and market research, K...

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Brent Lowder

Brent Lowder

Brent Lowder has over 21 years of experience working in the national and California political arenas. During this time, he has served in senior positions on several national and state political campaigns, led the largest s...

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Ron Nehring

Ron Nehring

Director of International Training, Leadership Institute

Ron Nehring, Director of International Training at The Leadership Institute, is a Republican strategist and communications expert who served as National Spokesman in the 2016 Presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz.

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Tyler Norris

Tyler Norris

Tyler Norris is a political consultant and government affairs professional in Austin, Texas. A New England native, Tyler has worked on political campaigns for over a decade, including leading the "Cruz Strike Force&qu...

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Ken Reid

Ken Reid

Kenneth Reid served ten years as a councilmember and supervisor in Loudoun County, VA, outside Washington, DC—one of the fastest-growing communities in the US. A Republican, he won election in a blue-leaning communit...

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Tyler Spencer

Tyler Spencer

Tyler Spencer is one of the strategists for StratPoli. He works closely with StratPoli's clients and partners coordinating their campaign efforts including grassroots, digital, communications efforts and more. Tyler has wo...

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Steven Sutton

Steven Sutton

Vice President for Development, The Leadership Institute

Steven joined the Leadership Institute nine years ago as Vice President of Programs. As Vice President of Programs, he directed all LI's training programs, from political grassroots to student groups on college campuses. H...

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