Indiana Democratic Party training diverse potential candidates

Source: Nuvo
Author: Katja Krasnovsky


The Indiana Democratic Party held a training session for Hoosiers interested in running for office last month with a record number of 200 registrants, diverse in gender and race.


The goal of the training is to inspire a more diverse field of candidates in terms of gender, age and ethnicity.


“[Politics] have become really divisive,” says Poonam Gill, who’s running for a seat in Indiana’s state House of Representatives. “I think people are sick of it.” Gill emphasizes that the community is the party, and if voices are wanting to be heard, people have to show up and actively be part of it.


“What motivates me is wanting to create change,” Gill continues. “I think if people don’t like what they’re seeing in their community, they have to step up and get involved. I think we need a change in our leadership. We need new ideas, we need new perspectives, and we need people from all different kinds of backgrounds to be represented.”


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First-Time Democratic Candidates Train To Run Campaigns

Source: WFYI Indianapolis
Author: Lauren Chapman


More than 200 prospective Democratic candidates from across Indiana packed two conference rooms in Indianapolis to learn how to run a political campaign. The “boot camp” taught campaign finance, communications and canvassing.  The Indiana Democrats and the National Democratic Training Committee provided training to help first-time candidates get their campaigns off the ground.


Poonam Gill is running for Indiana’s 88th House district and says it’s hard to launch a campaign.  “A lot of people have the motivation and vision to run, but to have a competitive campaign, you really have to understand the other nuts and bolts of it,” she says.


The Indiana Democrats and the National Democratic Training Committee provided the training. Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody says gathering like-minded candidates helps share ideas statewide.  “This is the future of the party, right here today,” Zody says. “We’ve got a lot of new faces, a diverse group of people, and that’s exactly what we need.”


Indiana is the first state the National Democratic Training Committee provided in-person training.


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Introducing the Emerging Leaders Project Class of 2017-18

Source: Indiana Democratic Party
Author: Jeff Harris


Fellow Democrats,

It is with great excitement that today we officially announce the members of the 2017-2018 Emerging Leaders Project class!


Created and operated by volunteers, the Emerging Leaders Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization that closely partners with the Indiana Democratic Party to provide free training for up-and-coming young leaders who have an interest in running for office or working on campaigns.


In this, the fifth year of the program, more than 200 Hoosiers from around the state applied for one of the 40 available slots in the class. A selection committee made up of members of the Emerging Leaders Project Inc. Board of Directors, program alumni and representatives from the Indiana Democratic Party recently reviewed the applications and made final selections – a difficult process.


After much consideration, we are proud to welcome the following individuals to the Emerging Leaders Project!


Poonam Gill, Fishers


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