Chamber aims to take the ‘pain’ out of campaigning |

Chamber aims to take the ‘pain’ out of campaigning

Adam Jensen
Published Caption: Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune /

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Local politics can be brutal, especially for first-time candidates.

From organizing a campaign to exposing oneself to public scrutiny, the challenge can seem overwhelming.

For those reasons the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce organized a series of workshops during the next three weeks featuring public officials past and present to give prospective candidates a better idea of what they’re getting into.

The programs will provide the “nuts and bolts” about how to run a successful campaign, said Chamber President and CEO Betty “B” Gorman on Thursday.

“We recognize the importance of future leaders and understand it can be daunting to assemble a campaign,” Gorman said. “It is the chamber’s hope that we will encourage some fresh faces to contribute their skill set and serve as community leaders.”

The workshops are geared for all levels of campaigns, from nonprofit organization boards to county supervisors and commissioners, Gorman said.

Although interest in the workshops has been sluggish, support from people who have run the political gauntlet has been strong.

“Where we’re getting tremendous interest and support is from people who are already holding office saying how helpful (these workshops) would have been.”

People don’t need to be actively running a campaign to take something away from the workshops, Gorman added.

Each of the three workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Tahoe Chamber Conference Room at 169 Highway 50 in Stateline. The workshops are $25 each or $65 for all three.

For more information or to register call (775) 588-1728 or visit http://www.tahoe

May 5: “What is public service and why should I run?”

This workshop will focus on economic and environmental issues, what types of public offices are available and how to get involved.

Panel speakers include Dr. Jill Derby, former Regent of the Nevada System of Higher Education and former Chairwoman of the Nevada Democratic Party; Julie Regan of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency; Betty “B” Gorman of the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce; Hal Cole, South Lake Tahoe City Council member; Nancy McDermid, Douglas County Commissioner; Norma Santiago, El Dorado County Supervisor and Tom Davis, former South Lake Tahoe Council member.

May 12: “Developing a Winning Campaign”

This workshop will cover campaign regulations and ethics, as well as tips for building a team and raising funds. Panel speakers will include Greta Hambsch, former candidate and Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce Board member; Dennis Crabb of Rollston, Henderson, Crabb & Johnson, Ltd. and Carl Ribaudo of Strategic Marketing Group.

May 19: “What is takes to win”

This workshop will cover topics including identifying your demographics, developing and delivering your message, building relationships and trust, and working with the media. Panel speakers will include Steve Davey, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Ted Gaines; Cindy Trigg, Douglas County School Board member and Rural Coordinator for the Nevada Democratic Party; John Packer of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Brooke Laine, former South Lake Tahoe City Council Member.

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