Texas Agriculture November 20, 2015 : Page 10

7)%SUHSDUHVOHDGHUVIRUSXEOLFRIÀFH By Jessica Domel Field Editor Today, a visit to Texas Farm Bu-reau. Tomorrow, school board, com-missioners court or the state Capitol. The sky is the limit when it comes to how far TFB members can go with the help of the organization’s Campaign School. This year’s course was recently held on the TFB campus in Waco. Sixteen members interested in serving their communities learned how to run a suc-cessful campaign, gather volunteers, develop effective strategy, when to use certain tools and when to reserve their resources. “We provide education to potential candidates on how to run an effective campaign—the nuts and bolts of the campaign,” Kenneth Hodges, TFB director of Political Programs and Activities, said. “We teach them about evaluating themselves as a candidate, as well as the electorate to make sure they’re an electable candidate.” The school also includes mock interviews with the media to give potential candidates a sense of what they’ll face in the limelight. “We talk to them about having the winning attitude, which means being willing to do the hard work it takes to win an election,” Hodges said. “We speak with them about gathering adequate financing to be able to do the things in a campaign they need.” Hodges and other TFB staff also discuss how to select the right issues for each campaign and how to reach out and talk to voters. The hands-on course encourages TFB members and leaders to realisti-cally pursue their political dreams. “I’m going to retire, and I have a longtime goal of being a commissioner in my home county,” Allen Kaminski of Austin County said. “I saw the op-portunity to attend this school, and I figured it would help me with the campaign.” Through the course, Kaminski notes that he’s also learned about where to file to be on a ballot, what pa-perwork needs to be completed, cam-paign slogans, budgeting and more. “I was in the dark. Now I see the light,” Kaminski said. For those with their eye on a po-litical seat, Hodges encourages ser-vice on county Farm Bureau boards to get the ball rolling. “The county Farm Bureau board is a very good place to learn about the governing process and the issues of the day. It’s a great way to gain expe-rience that is valuable,” Hodges said. Former graduates of the TFB Campaign School include State Reps. Kyle Kacal, DeWayne Burns, Andrew Murr, Drew Darby and Connie Scott. Five county judges have also attend-ed the course as have seven county commissioners and others involved in the political process. FAST, COMPLETE MIXING AND PROCESSING VT 100 SERIES VERTICAL MAXX ® TWIN-AUGER MIXERS Reel Auggie INVEST IN QUALITY® N OVEMBER 20, 2015 r4GFGUKIPGFEQPGCWIGTURTQXKFGUWRGTKQTHGGFOQXGOGPVCPFCWIGTENGCPQHH 4-Auger Vertical Single Auger Commercial Reel r(TQPV&#0e;UKFGCPFTGCTFQQTQRVKQPUƂVCYKFGTCPIGQHHGGFKPIUKVWVCVKQPU r5KORNG&#0e;FGRGPFCDNGJGCX[&#0f;FWV[FTKXG sEW
HV
OKZKPIECRCEKVKGUrVTWEMVTCKNGTOQFGNU KuhnNorthAmerica.com Visit your local Texas Kuhn Knight Dealer Today! Summit Truck Group Amarillo, TX Bowie County Equipment De Kalb, TX Tuttle Motor Co. Poteet, TX Coufal-Prater Equipment Bryan, TX Mixer Center Friona Friona, TX Boehm Tractor Sales Shiner, TX Mixer Center Dalhart Dalhart, TX Pettit Machinery Gainesville, TX Nor-Tex Tractor Sulphur Springs, TX 10

TFB Prepares Leaders for Public Office

Jessica Domel

Today, a visit to Texas Farm Bureau. Tomorrow, school board, commissioners court or the state Capitol. The sky is the limit when it comes to how far TFB members can go with the help of the organization’s Campaign School.

This year’s course was recently held on the TFB campus in Waco. Sixteen members interested in serving their communities learned how to run a successful campaign, gather volunteers, develop effective strategy, when to use certain tools and when to reserve their resources.

“We provide education to potential candidates on how to run an effective campaign—the nuts and bolts of the campaign,” Kenneth Hodges, TFB director of Political Programs and Activities, said. “We teach them about evaluating themselves as a candidate, as well as the electorate to make sure they’re an electable candidate.”

The school also includes mock interviews with the media to give potential candidates a sense of what they’ll face in the limelight.

“We talk to them about having the winning attitude, which means being willing to do the hard work it takes to win an election,” Hodges said. “We speak with them about gathering adequate financing to be able to do the things in a campaign they need.”

Hodges and other TFB staff also discuss how to select the right issues for each campaign and how to reach out and talk to voters.

The hands-on course encourages TFB members and leaders to realistically pursue their political dreams.

“I’m going to retire, and I have a longtime goal of being a commissioner in my home county,” Allen Kaminski of Austin County said. “I saw the opportunity to attend this school, and I figured it would help me with the campaign.”

Through the course, Kaminski notes that he’s also learned about where to file to be on a ballot, what paperwork needs to be completed, campaign slogans, budgeting and more.

“I was in the dark. Now I see the light,” Kaminski said.

For those with their eye on a political seat, Hodges encourages service on county Farm Bureau boards to get the ball rolling.

“The county Farm Bureau board is a very good place to learn about the governing process and the issues of the day. It’s a great way to gain experience that is valuable,” Hodges said.

Former graduates of the TFB Campaign School include State Reps. Kyle Kacal, DeWayne Burns, Andrew Murr, Drew Darby and Connie Scott. Five county judges have also attended the course as have seven county commissioners and others involved in the political process.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/TFB+Prepares+Leaders+for+Public+Office/2333455/282939/article.html.

Kuhn Knight

Using a screen reader? Click Here