You Should Think About Running for Local Political Office

Saturday, June 15, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

When you think about where policy decisions are made that directly affect your community, the local places--county commissions, school boards, supervisor boards, etc--are a primary place that comes up. In this workshop, walk through step-by-step planning on how you can become part of the public policymaking in your community as a local elected official.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn more about what the steps are to run for local office.
  2. Explore what being in local office means, how much time it takes, and why it might be right for you.
  3. Create a plan for yourself or someone you know to get the ball rolling on becoming part of local-level policymaking.


Stan Rosenberg
AFTA Senior Fellow
Americans for the Arts
Amherst, Massachusetts

Stan Rosenberg was the founding Director of the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Arts Managememt and Community Development. Later, served in both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts State Senate. During his tenure he served in a number of leadership positions including budget chair and President of the Senate.

In his role as Senior Fellow with Americans for the Arts he is developing PEP, a new program to encourage practicing and aspiring artists and  arts administrators to be more civically engaged, including running for public office.