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Candidate School 2014 Agenda

Operation Clean Government Candidate School 2014 was a huge success and Operation Clean Government would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved. The event couldn’t have happened without the attendees or faculty who took the time out of their Saturday to participate in this process.

Read about coverage of OCG’s 2014 Candidate School in The Providence Journal!

AGENDA: April 26, nurse 2014 OCG Candidate School

7:30-8:15 Registration and breakfast

8:20-8:35 Welcome: RIC President, case Nancy Carriuolo;

OCG President, treat Margaret Kane

Candidate School admin and housekeeping: Prof. Tom Schmeling and Sandy Riojas

8:40 – 9:20                                  Session 1

Attributes of a Successful Candidate: What it takes to run and win, and how running for office will change your life; impact on your family, etc. Former AG Arlene Violet, moderator; Rep. Maria Cimini (D), Rep. Brian Newberry (R)

9:25-10:00                                 Session 2

Things you need to know (and some you didn’t know you need to know) to be a candidate. This includes eligibility, financial disclosure and ethical issues. Introduced by Michael Goldberg.

Secretary of State, Ralph Mollis (15 minutes)

Ethics Commission, Jason Gramitt (15 minutes)

10:00 – 10:10                               Break

10:15-11:15                                Session 3 Labor and Management; 60 minutes, moderated by OCG President Margaret Kane

How does a candidate navigate these two powerful forces without sacrificing personal beliefs and not lose an election because he/she didn’t toe one line or the other? Scott Molloy, Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations, URI

Primer on Municipal and School Committee Finances: Introduction to one of today’s most critical political issues; Paulette Hamilton (North Smithfield Town Administrator); Justice (ret) Bob Flanders; former Auditor General Ernie Almonte

11:20 -12:50                               Session 4 Message, Marketing and the Media; 90 minutes, moderated by Gene Valicenti, Channel 10

How to be Heard above the Clutter: Developing and delivering an effective message; importance of a website; effective signage. Tad Devine; Rep. Larry Valencia (D).

How to Target and Persuade Voters to Vote for You; Identifying likely voters; other research; door-to-door campaigning; the art of the 30 second conversation. Prof.Victor Profughi; Rep. Michael Chippendale (R); Mayor Dan McKee (D).

Positive media coverage is your best advertising; how do you earn it? How best to deal with media questioning and scrutiny.

Kate Nagle (GoLocalProv)Tom Ward (Valley Breeze). John Loughlin (WPRO).

12:50-1:30                                  Lunch

Luncheon Speaker – Former Congressman Bob Weygand

1:35 -2:15                                   Session 5

Campaign Organization: Building your team; roles and responsibilities of candidates, paid staffs and volunteers; importance of the treasurer. Michael Goldberg, moderator; Professor Victor Profughi;Mayor James Diossa; Joshua Giraldo

2:20-3:05                                    Breakout Sessions A

          B1 Reaching a Diverse Electorate Panel Discussion: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, moderator; Carolyn Mark, East Greenwich School Committee (D), Rep. Ray Hull (D), Delia Rodriguez, RI Spanish Radio

B2 Importance of Local Media: Local elections are often won and lost in the community press. This session advises municipal and school committee office-seekers on the value of such media outlets. Professor Michelle Brophy-Baermann, moderator; John Howell [Warwick Beacon]; Tom Ward [Valley Breeze]; Sheila Mullowney [Newport Daily News]

3:05-3:15:                                Break

3:20-4:05:                                Breakout Sessions B

          C1 Use and Misuse of Websites and Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc.Michael Goldbergmoderator;Casey Dahm, OCG webmaster; Ian Donnis RI NPR

         C2 Pros and Cons of Negative Campaigning, and dealing with skeletons in your own closet; Ted Nesi, moderator; Tad Devineprivate investigatorVictor PichetteProfessor Victor Profughi

4:10-4:55                                Session 6

Fundraising: How to get the Money You Need to Win, and How to Spend it Wisely; Ian Donnis, moderatorRep. Patricia Morgan (R). Ed Pacheco, CouncilwomanSuzy Alba (D), Tony Bucci.

4:55-5:00: OCG wrap up

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