School Board and City Council are often referred to as "Down the Ballot" races, but play a critical role in the everyday lives of local residents and union members. Join us to talk more about running for these essential seats, and learn more about what you need to know to win in 2019.
The Oregon Labor Candidate School is looking for participants who are seriously considering running for office in the near future, or who are open to an appointment. We are interested in our graduates running for a variety of offices at the local and state level. If you have any questions about our expectations, please feel free to contact us.
This class runs from October - March in the Portland metro region. Participants will meet once a month on Saturdays from 9:30am - 4:00pm. Reimbursement for mileage and lodging is available for participants accepted into the program who live 100+ miles from Portland.
2018-2019 Class Dates: 10/13, 11/10, 12/8, 1/12, 2/9, 3/9
1) Participants are expected to attend every class.
2) Participants are expected to raise at least $350 from friends and family.
Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2018-19 cohort. Please check back in the spring for 2019-20.
Every candidate has to talk about controversial issues in their district, and none of them are black and white. Join us to hear from candidates about how they talked about challenging topics on the campaign trail. Learn how they handled it then and what they would have done differently or the same.
The Oregon Labor movement is complex and diverse. Navigating labor in Oregon as a candidate takes thoughtfulness and time. Join us for an expert panel of labor leaders, to learn more about why the Oregon Labor movement is a beacon of hope for workers across the nation.
Applications are now being accepted for a one-day intensive candidate training in Eugene. Current candidates, campaign supporters, and those exploring race for local office in 2019, are encouraged to apply. Current candidates are asked to bring their campaign plans to the training.
Join us for an engaging discussion on candidate recruitment and training in Hermiston. Help us create a plan to support local candidates to run for office.
OLCS encourages union members to run for office because union members understand the day to day issues that impact working families in Oregon. Union members are committed to improving our state for all Oregonians. You bring a vital perspective to public decision-making. Union members across the country serve in a range of elected positions from school boards, city and county offices to statewide offices and congress. You can too.