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'Ready To Run' Aims To Get More PA Women In Elected Office

Gene J. Puskar
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Students from Duquesne University wait in line to cast their votes outside Epiphany Catholic Church in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

Tuesday is the deadline for early registration to attend Ready to Run campaign training held by Chatham University's Center for Women and Politics.

The 7th annual day-long workshop for women will tackle fundraising skills, public speaking and campaign planning Saturday, Jan. 27, at Chatham's Shadyside campus.

Elections data show fewer Allegheny County women run for public office than almost anywhere else in the state -- just 33 percent of all candidate filings were made by local women in 2017. 

The center's executive director, Dana Brown, said last year's Pittsburgh training drew twice as many participants as previous events; President Donald Trump had taken the oath of office just days before.

"A number of those that did attend the training last year did go on to run and win their municipal election," Brown said. 

The Chatham event includes tracks for potential candidates of all experience levels. Brown said many women, even a year ago, were planning ahead to races in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

"So they're thinking about the next school board election, they're thinking about the next township supervisor race, and we've also had some women come out for state rep and city council," she said.

The final deadline to sign up is Jan, 25.

Kathleen J. Davis covers news about just about anything at WESA. She’s also the primary reporter and producer of WESA’s weekly series Pittsburgh Tech Report. Kathleen originally hails from the great state of Michigan, and is always available to talk about suburban Detroit and Coney Island diners. She lives in Bloomfield.
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