The executive board of South Dakota Progress met in Aberdeen on Thursday. Chair Katrina Wilke and board members Michael Hanson, mrc Miller (no, really, lowercase—that’s the way mrc likes it), and Lorri May got together at the Eagles Club here in the Hub City to continue planning their efforts to help local and legislative candidates win in the 2016 elections, as well as to meet with Brown County Democrats to plan further social revolution (or at least mild victories for justice, sanity, and good government in South Dakota).
Among the highlights of the SDP discussion was planning for candidate training. South Dakota Progress has a tested candidate curriculum picked out, based on material used in the past by South Dakota Democracy in Action. Keeping with SDP’s mission to focus on helping Democrats win local elections rather than promoting specific issues, the candidate curriculum focuses on nuts and bolts: rolling out the campaign, communicating, raising money, and getting out the vote.
South Dakota Progress intends to host a number of candidate training sessions around South Dakota in the run-up to the 2016 campaign. Currently the plan is to offer a big training event in Rapid City for candidates and campaign helpers who’d like to learn more about the rules of running and winning in South Dakota, plus a number of smaller events in towns where interest pops up.
But first, SDP needs to train its trainers. SDP will host that training on October 11 in Rapid City. Then, candidates, get ready to go to school and learn how to win!
If you’re interested in getting some SDP support for your campaign, give Katrina Wilke a shout. Or visit with the SDP executive board at their next meeting on Sunday, August 30, in Madison.