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RiseNWI to hold workshops on why and how to run for local political office

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The Legacy Foundation--with funding from the Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund--is announcing its support for a new civic engagement initiative: RiseNWI.

According to a statement released this week by the Legacy Foundation, “RiseNWI works to empower local citizens to be strong advocates for quality of life in Northwest Indiana.”

“An informed citizenry is essential for individuals and communities to make their own best choices,” Legacy Foundation Vice-president Kelly Anoe said. “RiseNWI will help foster civic engagement by enabling people to contribute to and take an active part in their community’s local government.”

“Strong local leaders and engaged citizens are critical to improving quality of life in Northwest Indiana,” the statement said. “Unfortunately, Indiana has suffered some of the lowest voter turnout rates in the country (just 58 percent in 2016, and only 29 percent in 2014). And a recent Knight Foundation report found that only 29 percent of Millennials believe that political involvement of any kind can have tangible results. RiseNWI wants more people engaging with their representatives, actively voting, and running for office.”

RiseNWI will provide the training, networks, and resources necessary to develop and mobilize new civic leadership locally. Its founders--Sarah Ferraro and Ryan Strode--have years of experience working on community issues and political campaigns locally and around the country.

“No matter what your political beliefs are, we believe everyone benefits when more people are active participants in local government,” said Strode. “We provide the tools people need to be heard.”

RiseNWI is kicking off a series of workshops for potential first-time candidates to run for office from across the political spectrum:

¥From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, RIseNWI will host “How Local Elections Work:” a preview of the 2018 elections locally and the important personal decision made when deciding to run.

¥From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, RiseNWI will lead a “Running for Office” training session, which will include an overview of how to file, launch, and manage a campaign.

Both events will be held at the Stage Small Business Incubator, 925 N. Shelby St. in Gary. Gary.

Both events are free. To sign up, email or call (219) 789-8161.

To learn more about upcoming events, follow RiseNWI on Facebook at


Posted 10/4/2017





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