Fort Hays State University's Dr. Chapman Rackaway will host a new event at the Docking Institute, called the Docking Campaign Academy, on Saturday, April 12, in the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus.
The program, from 8 to 11:30 a.m., will be a "boot camp" for anyone considering running for an elective office.
"Lots of folks have gotten interested in running for office," said Rackaway, "but they're intimidated by the startup costs and barriers to entry. The rules for starting a campaign are difficult to understand, and most people don't know the process. So anyone who has either decided to run for office or is thinking about running for office can take part."
The academy will cover the legal, technical and personal aspects involved in a campaign. Topics include filing deadlines, filing fees, petitions, planning for office, budgeting, fundraising, advertising, communicating with voters and how to appeal for votes.
"We thought that with the expertise we have here on campus, we could help people gain the skills and knowledge they need to overcome those hurdles," said Rackaway.
The program costs $25 per person, which includes breakfast. Participation will be limited to the first 25 people.