Preparing for the Road Ahead

Scott Campaign attends campaign training workshop on local elections

On August 3rd, potential leaders from across North Carolina gathered at the Lead NC “Get Elected- Local” workshop in Raleigh to discuss and develop campaign strategies for the upcoming elections. Lead NC is a leadership development organization focused on helping grassroots campaigns and progressive candidates new to politics find their footing amongst career politicians in Southeastern North Carolina.

First-time Wilmington mayoral candidate Devon Scott and his campaign manager Evan Folds were in attendance for the nine hour event, which hosted a variety of talks on subjects ranging from field direction to all-important campaign finance. In addition to the information provided by the distinguished speakers, Devon and his campaign manager were able to speak with officials who have coordinated successful runs and were elected to local office.

The two found the workshop “useful and informative,” for the campaign to come. In the realm of political experience, Scott faces something of an uphill battle. Though Devon has years of experience in community organizing, current Mayor Bill Saffo has been involved in the Wilmington political scene since 2003, first as a city council member, followed by his now 13 year career as mayor. This is exactly the kind of race that the “Get Elected-Local” workshop was created to equalize through education about the sometimes opaque organs of local elections. With new connections forged and new ideas gleaned from the workshop, Devon Scott and Evan Folds believe that the event helped immensely in creating their plans for a successful campaign.

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