Candidates College

Have you ever thought about running for public office? Maybe for City Council? The School Board? Have you ever been asked to run or lead someone's campaign? Then, Candidates College is the place for you. Join the Visalia Chamber of Commerce as we help community members learn more about the realities of running and being in public office, how to fundraise and build a campaign, and all of the opportunities that exist for you to get involved.

Candidates college will be a two-part series that will consist of the following:

Wednesday, November 8
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
VUSD Boardroom (5000 W Cypress Ave)

Political Landscape

  • Current Issues Facing Business
  • Appointed and Elected Ways to Serve
  • Terms, Requirements and Fees

 Campaign Management - Panel Discussion

  • Finance and Fundraising
  • Building your Team
  • Panel to include: Karen Tellalian, CPA, attorney, Brett Taylor

Wednesday, November 15
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
City Hall West (707 W. Acequia Ave)

 Coalition Building, Marketing & Realities of Being an Office Holder - Panel Discussion

  • Coalition Building and Crafting and Delivering an Effective Message
  • Talking with the Media
  • Realities of Being an Office Holder
  • Panelists include: Connie Conway (Assembly Leader Emeritus), Amy Shuklian (Tulare County Board of Supervisors), Warren Gubler (Visalia City Mayor), Basil Perch (Former Visalia City Mayor), and John Crabtree (VUSD Board of Directors).

The cost for the two-part series is $40. The cost to attend just one part of the series is $30. Space is limited so you must reserve your seat ahead of time. Please click the button below to register.