Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life

Pipeline to Local Office


The Institute will hold “Pipeline to Local Office,” a two-evening campaign workshop designed for individuals interested in running for municipal offices as well individuals interested in volunteering on a campaign.

Participants in the Pipeline to Local Office Program Will:

More than 50 percent of past participants have gone on to win seats as mayors, city council and school board members. Recent successful candidates in past year’s classes include St. Charles City Councilwoman Mary Ann Ohms, Kirkwood City Councilwoman Gina Jaksetic, Greendale Mayor Monica Huddleston and Normandy Schoolboard Members Joyce McRath and Pepper Clifton.

Workshop faculty includes women who have held local office or have worked on successful local campaigns. They will provide specific instruction on how to develop a campaign plan and budget for a local race, target likely voters, raise money and get voters to the polls. Participants also will learn communication skills and practice public speaking.

Winter 2014 Pipeline to Public Office registration has ended. Please watch out for program updates, please check our mainpage and/or our Facebook Page


The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life is a non-partisan, educational entity. Programs of the Institute are open to participants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, and status as a military veteran.