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Saturday: Candidate’s College

Filed under: Activism, Local Politics

Thinking of running for public office? Or helping someone who is already running? Tomorrow (Saturday, June 16) Partnership for Public Good (PPG), YWCA of WNY, New York Civic, City & State newspaper, and New York Policy Forum present a Candidate College—a nonpartisan seminar that aims to increase the number of strong, well-prepared candidates running for elected office at every level.

It runs 8:30am-5pm at YWCA of WNY  (1005 Grant Street, between Amherst and Military), and costs $15, including lunch. The speakers include political consultants such as Doug Forand, Roger Stone, and Jerry Skurnik; New York State Senator Mark Grisanti and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant; and journalists such as Buffalo News editor Margaret Sullivan and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly (ArtVoice editor).  Former state legislator Mary Lou Rath will deliver opening remarks.

Other confirmed presenters and moderators include Syracuse City Council Member Helen Hudson, Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, Common Cause NY Executive Director Susan Lerner, former WGRZ reporter and Buffalo Public Schools and Erie County Executive spokesperson Stefan Mychajliw, City & State editor-in-chief Morgan Pehme, political strategic and fundraiser Eli Mundy, Erie County Republican Party Chair Nick Langworthy, and lobbyist and former Deputy County Executive Carl Calabrese.
Topics will include fundraising, advertising, and canvassing, as well as important considerations such as the effect of campaigning on a candidate’s spouse and family. For more information or to register, call YWCA of WNY at 852-6120 ext. 0 or email Also find details at and