Event date: 6/8/2022 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Export event
NASWMN Chapter
/ Categories: Online, Policy

Ready, Set, Run! What You Need to Know to Run for Office


Wednesday, June 8 

12:00-1:30 p.m. CST via Zoom

1.5 CEUs

Do you want change in your community? Have you wished for social work’s values to be reflected in policy decisions? We want you to run for office – yes, you! We believe social workers can not only run and win – but increasing our voice in the policy arena is also necessary, and we are here to offer you support as you explore this whole new level of advocacy.

NASW-MN Legislative Consultant and Minneapolis School Board member, Jenny Arneson will provide an overview of what you need to know to run for office in Minnesota. You don’t have to know what position you are running for or when you might do it; you just need to be open to thinking about what role you can play in bringing social work values to elected offices.

Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll learn:

  • Seats of government in Minnesota, including an overview of responsibilities and terms, and how to think about the right match for you
  • How to identify early supporters and broaden your base
  • Win numbers - what are those?
  • Elements of a campaign team
  • Fundraising basics - do I have to do it, and what rules apply to me?
  • Resources and organizational support available for candidates, including how NASW-MN can help
  • Navigation between advocacy, candidacy and policy
  • That you are enough as you are to run and win!


You will receive the access link in your registration confirmation email.




About the Presenter
Jenny Arneson, MSW, LGSW, joined the NASW-MN team in 2021. She earned her BSW from St. Olaf and MSW from the University of Minnesota. She has a range of professional experience including group work, emergency food and financial services, and county services. After spending years connecting direct practice to macro policy, Jenny ran for office and joined the Minneapolis School Board in 2011, where she has engaged in policy since. After spending four years living in Fort Drum, NY, as a military spouse Jenny settled in her hometown, Legislative District 60A, with her husband, Patrick, and three sons.




This webinar will be recorded and added to our YouTube Channel.


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