2016 Candidate School

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There is a drastic decline of new leaders emerging from our local communities who are equipped to provide fresh and innovative perspectives as well as bold new strategies that can address the challenges we face locally, nationally and internationally. In response to this current situation, Hagar Services Coalition has developed learning opportunities that will pave the way for the next generation of leaders who will create an inspiring vision of our future.

In 2016, Hagar took a bold step to help fill this void by forming the East Palo Alto/Belle Haven Candidate School. This school was designed to provide practical information to anyone thinking about seeking elected office. The supporters and co-hosts of this school are: One East Palo Alto, The City of East Palo Alto, Nuestra Casa, the Multicultural Counseling and Educational Services of the Bay Area (MCESBA) and the City of Menlo Park.

Fifteen participants from the East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Belle Haven, Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks areas attended to learn about the characteristics of strong leadership, decision making skills, questions to ask yourself before seeking elected office, meeting facilitation, ethics required of public officials, the Brown Act, and much more.

Our 2016 Candidate School Presenters

Rich Gordon

Rich Gordon

Assembly Member District 24

Henry L. Gardner

Henry L. Gardner

Board Chair - Institute for Local Government

Ray Mueller

Ray Mueller

Menlo Park City Council Member

Georgia Jack

Georgia Jack

Office of Development, Stanford University

Lisa Gauthier

Lisa Gauthier

Former Mayor, East Palo Alto

Don Cecil

Don Cecil

MC<sup>2</sup> Bay Area

Jerry Hill

Jerry Hill

California State Senator

Warren Slocum

Warren Slocum

Assembly Member District 24

Michael Liu

Michael Liu

Candidate Filing Officer, County’s Registration and Elections Division

Jim Irizarry

Jim Irizarry

Assistant Assessor-County Clerk Recorder

2016 Candidate School Graduates and Participants

A highly motivated group of neighbors, students, heads of households and business people convened for four evening classes to listen to a prestigious group of elected officials and businessmen share their life experiences holding leadership roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Graduates heard rare “behind-the-scenes” stories about the road that new and emerging leaders encounter as they enter a life of public office.  Photos courtesy EPA Belle Haven Information Inc.

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