Leveraging Local Leaders Opens Applications for 2022 Class

Sep 27, 2021 | Chamber News

Pragmatic Leaders wanting to run for Local Office Encouraged to Apply

Leveraging Local Leaders (L3), a program in partnership with BizWest, announced their applications for the 2022 class are open. L3 was founded to recruit and train a diverse pool of leaders in northern Colorado to run for local office or engage in local politics to solve problems in our communities.  Qualified candidates should have an interest in working to find solutions and elevate the political conversation through true civil discourse.

“I would recommend everyone who has the ability to take the L3 course to do so, whether you are set on running for an office or not. As a potential candidate, the information on issues and policy, along with specific topics relating to running a campaign are invaluable. While the classroom topics were great, it was the interaction with fellow classmates of varying political affiliations or leanings, beliefs, and interests that I found most beneficial. The diversity in our class led to questions, discussions, and an understanding of the bigger picture of our community as a whole, not just the limited view of one person or demographic. I gained a lot of knowledge in this course, but I also gained friendships, wisdom and an increased passion for my community and the desire to see it prosper,” Solitaire Svoboda, 2021 graduate of L3.

L3 is a 6-month program that meets one day a month. The class curriculum is campaign 101, ensuring participants know how to run an effective campaign; the second part of the class is made up of policy and governance so  that participants are prepared to govern  on day 1.

“We partnered on this endeavor because local governments are critical to our local economies, and creating a space where pragmatic leaders who want to find solutions to some of our greatest challenges have a pathway and the support to run for local office. With the ever increasing political divide, approaching local government from a nonpartisan perspective is important for how our region looks in the future,” said Jeff Nuttall, publisher of BizWest.

After launching 2021, L3 is excited to announce additional partners, including the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce and Loveland Chambers of Commerce, highlighting the belief across northern Colorado that recruiting, training and electing pragmatic leaders is critical to the continued success of our region.

“The Fort Collins Area Chamber knows the value of having strong pragmatic leaders in local office in communities across northern Colorado. To have a nonpartisan program in place now that works to recruit and train these leaders to be prepared to run for local office is fantastic. We need leaders that really understand the issues facing northern Colorado before they begin. L3 is preparing the next generation of leaders to keep northern Colorado prospering,” said Ann Hutchison, President & CEO of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.

Interested participants can find out more and apply at: https://www.leveraginglocalleaders.com/



L3 is a nonpartisan 501c(3) organization that seeks to identify and recruit a diverse and promising group of leaders from northern Colorado to run for office or engage in local politics in a meaningful way; Providing expert training and mentorship on how to run for office, and educating them on the top public policy issues to ensure they are prepared to run and govern well.