Interested in Running for Office in Michigan?

CPL Michigan

The Michigan Progressive Candidate Training Program ( is designed to help leaders develop the skills and resources they need to advance progressive change through local elected office. The Michigan Progressive Candidate Training Program helps individuals who want to lead progressive political change in their community through local and state elected office.

This four-part comprehensive training program provides the nuts and bolts of putting together a winning campaign for local and state office, as well as developing effective leadership skills necessary to advance progressive change.

Goals of the Program

This program is for individuals who are planning or interested in running for elected office in the next five years or who are or will be serving as a campaign manager for a candidate. Our training program includes four comprehensive workshop weekends, peer mentoring, Personal Political Leadership Planning, and coaching.

Workshop Topics

•    Communicating Your Vision & Values Through Narrative
•    The Nuts & Bolts of Being an Elected Official Issues Affecting Progressive Candidates
•    Campaign Planning – Preparing to Win and Stay on Track
•    Fundraising & Cultivating Donors
•    Campaign Financing
•    Message Development and Delivery
•    Voter Contact
•    Panel Discussions with Elected Officials

2011 Progressive Candidate Training Dates

•    March 5th-6th
•    April 9th
•    May 7th
•    June 4th-5th

Apply Online Today! (The application deadline is February 11th, 2011) (

The cost of this training is $300, though partial scholarships are available. Training locations will alternate between Metro-Detroit and Lansing. Individuals registering for this program cannot have already filed, developed an exploratory committee, fundraised, or spent money on their campaign.

If you have any questions please call or email Dessa Cosma, CPL Program Director, at (231)631-4469,

Dessa Cosma
Program Director
Michigan Center for Progressive Leadership


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