Upcoming Trainings

2018 Getting Ready to Run (NEW)

Have you ever thought about running for office? Whether you're an avid political activist looking to run for state office, or a progressive just looking for a start to a political career in your local government, if you've ever thought about putting your name on a ballot, this training is for you! We will cover everything from how to build stronger relationships in your community to how to raise money. We took this training on the road for the first time in 2017 and trained tons of amazing folks! We're thrilled to see you out in the field again in 2018. RSVP here if you would like to attend!

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018; 5:00PM - 8:00PM - Appleton

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018; 5:00PM - 8:00PM - Eau Claire

Saturday, August 18th, 2018; 10:00AM - 1:00PM - Madison




Use this form to request additional 2018 Getting Ready to Run Trainings. We love going on the road, but because trainings are costly for us, we will not come out to additional locations unless we can count on at least 10 attendees joining in. 

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Date You Would Like to Host a Training
Date You Would Like to Host a Training

2018 Advanced Local Candidate Trainings

Our Advanced Local Campaign Trainings are a crash course in campaign planning for local candidates. Folks interested in running for city council, school board, county board, and other local positions will learn essential skills to carry them over the finish line in April. We will cover campaign planning, fundraising, budgeting, voter contact, and effective campaign messaging. These one day trainings are consistently highly attended and well received. We're excited to see you at one of our workshops across the state this winter! 

Saturday, November 11th , 2017 - Eau Claire

Saturday,  November 11th, 2017 - Dodgeville

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 - Rhinelander

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 - Tomah

Saturday, December 9th, 2017 - Hudson

Saturday, December 16th, 2017 - Wausau

Saturday, December 16th, 2017 - Green Bay

Saturday, January 6th, 2018 - Platteville

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 - La Crosse

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 - Waupun

Saturday, January 27th, 2018 - Madison

Saturday, February 10th, 2018 - Racine


* in the event that Wisconsin winter weather gets the best of us (it's happened before!), our staff will be on call on January 20th to put together trainings in cities that are geographically close to the places that we had to cancel due to weather related concerns. NOTE this date will only have a training if trainings prior to this date are cancelled. 

Local Progressive Network Trainings - How to Legislate Progressively

LPN trainings focus on how to make friends and influence people while serving in local government. Come join your local government colleagues at a training where you can share stories and concerns and learn how to be a better progressive legislator!


Thanks to everyone who came to our Legislating Progressively Trainings this year! Stay tuned for next year's schedule, coming soon!

Trainings and training materials

One of the great barriers in deciding to run for office is the fear that you have no idea what you're doing.  Many smart, active, enthusiastic community members are so daunted by the thought of running for office, they write it off as impossible.

That's why training candidates to be efficient campaigners and effective legislators is central to our mission here at Wisconsin Progress. We provide soup to nuts trainings for new candidates as well as more targeted trainings for those who just need to brush up on one or two skills. We cover the fundamentals of  fundraising, message development, and voter communication, but we are also happy to take suggestions of other topics you might want to see covered.

These training materials are available to all of our endorsed candidates and are available online so you can refer to them any time and any place!

Are you an endorsed candidate? Click here to access our online training library!

Are you running for office, or thinking about running for office? Fill our our Ready to Run form, and let's talk!