On Aug. 16, the Human Rights Campaign will bring a one day camp to Salt Lake City to train Utahns in campaign skills and in doing their part to get “fair-minded candidates” elected to local and national office in 2008.
Using lectures, discussions and role play simulations, HRC staff will teach voters how to be visible supporters for gay equality at every stage of a campaign including campaign planning, recruiting volunteers, field strategies, canvassing, seeking media contacts and even keeping a regular campaign blog.
According to Todd Hess, political co-chair of HRC Utah’s Steering Committee, the day long camp will bring HRC lecturers in from Washington, D.C. The camp has also invited local organizations such as Equality Utah and the Utah AIDS Foundation to participate.
“We’re also trying to get [Salt Lake County] Mayor Paul Corroon and Rep. Jim Matheson to talk, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet,” he added.
According to the HRC’s Camp Equality Web site, the organization chose to send the camp to Utah because it has two targeted races in the capitol city this November.
Salt Lake City is one of Camp Equality’s stops in sixteen states, including California, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.
Registration for the day is $35 and includes an HRC membership. To register online visit hrc.org/campequality.