Democracy for America is conducting a weekend Campaign Training Academy October 3rd and 4th in Columbia, just in time to help launch the 2010 campaign season.

http://www.democracyforamerica.com/events/32787-dfa-campaign-training-in-columbia

Sorry this is coming to Show Me Progress a bit late, but there is still time for folks to RSVP for this.

The Training will have some great speakers, and the breakout sessions will focus on Missouri and how to swing voters in conservative areas. Andrew Kling, Rebecca McClanahan’s campaign manager will be doing a breakout session on Sunday. Rebecca Richardson, Chair of Missouri Progressive Women’s Caucus will share her expertise on how to elect progressive women candidates, and Brian Zuzenak, the MO Party Exec Director will focus on Party structure and the use of the voter file.

These folks are in addition to the other expert national campaign trainers specializing in media (Ellory Gould), finance (Jay Parmley), messaging (Brian Hageny), field organizing and issue advocacy (Helen Strain) as well as  DFA Chair Jim Dean and the principle trainer Matt Blizek.

A highlight of the weekend will be the Pizza Party outside Shakespeare’s pizza under big-top canopies with several  incumbent speakers and fantastic pizza courtesy of the host DFA organization, Democracy for Missouri. More details on the weekend here:

http://www.democracyforamerica.com/events/32787-dfa-campaign-training-in-columbia

Thus far there are 88 RSVPs, and although the training is not very expensive, ($60…$30 for low income/students) there are about 20 people who have requested help with tuition. Call it a sign of the economic times we are in. It would be great if folks could help sponsor training attendees:

https://democracyforamerica.com/contribution_pages/89-scholarship-contribution?event=32787