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Ready to Run Training Set

April 9, 2019

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MOLINE, IL -- The recent midterm election brought a series of "firsts" for women in politics, and a Western Illinois University program is working to increase the number of women interested in running for political office.

Ready To Run is a nonpartisan campaign training program that encourages and trains women to run for elective office, work on campaigns, and become involved in the public sphere, explained Debbie Kepple-Mamros, assistant to the WIU senior vice president for planning and initiatives and director of Ready to Run Illinois.

The University will host Ready to Run training sessions May 31 and June 1 from time to time location. The program is offered to women of all ages, including high school students (grades 9-12). To register, visit The cost for both sessions is $190 (Friday only, $60; Saturday only, $135). The training features campaign consultants and elected officials advising women on topics such as fundraising, judicial campaigns, voter outreach and more.
"In line with the timeliness and momentum of the recent midterm elections, this training is a great opportunity for women and girls to become more knowledgable and prepared to run for public office," said Kepple-Mamros.

Western Illinois University-Quad Cities serves as Illinois' host institution for the national Ready to Run candidate recruitment and training programs offered by Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics.

For more information, visit, follow Ready to Run on Facebook, or contact Kepple-Mamros at (309) 762-9481 or

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