Local women learn how to run for office

By Kayla Dimick, Southfield Sun

SOUTHFIELD — A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization is combating the underrepresentation of women in office by educating women on what it takes to get elected.

A handful of women met for an all-day training session June 11 at Sheet Metal Workers Local 80, 17100 12 Mile Road, for Vote Run Lead’s Run As You Are program.

According to Shannon Garrett, co-founder and board chair of Vote Run Lead, the nationwide event was the fourth of its kind in Michigan.

“(Vote Run Lead) is trying to accelerate the number of women in political leadership, and so we’ve launched the Run As You Are campaign to try to help women see that they’re ready to run as they are right now, that we don’t need any special skills or degrees, that it’s time for women’s leadership now,” Garrett said.

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