September 29, 2022

IN PICTURES: INTERESTED POLITICAL CANDIDATES GO THROUGH A BOOT CAMP

Have you ever thought about running for a school board, village council, county commissioner, state seat, or Congress? More than 20 people running for office or interested in a possible future race learned some of the basics of campaigning at a candidates’ “boot camp” on May 31 and June 1 at the Founders Park Community Center. Organized by the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce, the boot camp was led by Kate DeLoach, lobbyist at The Southern Group; Audra Wallace, CPA and Founder of Tolley & Hill; and Jason Koler, publisher of Keys Weekly Newspapers and owner of Overseas Media Group. Participants learned the intricacies of campaign finance, campaign laws, the importance of community outreach, media relations and more. Guest speakers included County Commissioner and former State Representative Holly Raschein and former Islamorada Councilman and current State Representative Jim Mooney. “I think it’s extremely important to know why you’re running for office,” DeLoach told the group during his opening remarks. The chamber hopes to hold another training camp for interested candidates in the future.