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This space features conversations about issues affecting the Decatur-Morgan County area from leaders in our community.

"I want to lead"

What is one quality you love about the United States? There are a hundred responses you could give, and they is not one “right” answer. However, there is one thing everyone can agree makes our country strong: the ability to vote.

In our history, hundreds of thousands – maybe even millions – of people have died to protect our right to vote. It is our voice in shaping the future of our country. No one under any circumstance should take that right for granted.

But what is just as important as the right to vote, is the willingness of citizens to stand up and say “I want to lead.”

Running for office on any level is a huge risk. It is a guarantee that someone will win and someone will not. It will impact your family, your business, your finances and other ways you can only understand when you are in the middle of a campaign. Ideally, those who feel called to serve the public are driven by the goal of wanting to leave their community better than how they found it. Running for office is hard and rewarding work, but it requires much from the candidate and their staff.

On May 26, The Chamber's One Morgan Leadership Committee is hosting the 2016 Political Training Institute as an opportunity for those running or considering a run for public office to learn more about what it takes to serve and how to get there. The two-hour event will feature presentations on government partnerships by State Sen. Arthur Orr, legal requirements for running a campaign by Morgan County Probate Judge Greg Cain, media and campaigns by David Driscoll of The Driscoll Group, and the realities of running for office by former State Sen. Tom Butler.

You would be hard pressed to find four speakers better versed in their fields than these gentleman. This invaluable insight is offered to the public free of charge, courtesy of your Chamber. Even if you’ve run before or are currently holding office, don’t you want to sharpen your skills or be briefed on updated election law?

The Chamber is in the “quality of life” business. Having a field of strong candidates willing to stand for election is vital to a healthy community. This Chamber and the Committee want to encourage those men and women to listen to the call to serve while giving them the tools to be successful.

(Editor's Note: to RSVP for the Political Training Institute, click here. The deadline is Friday, May 20.)

The One Morgan Leadership Committee -- chaired by Kent Lawrence, president of TVW Electrical Supply, Inc., -- is responsible for the Chamber’s leadership and networking programs. Their mission is to create awareness and encourage meaningful participation within the business community as well as providing networking opportunities for professionals at all levels that will ultimately equip them with effective leadership resources. To learn more about the Chamber’s leadership and networking programs, click here.

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