Inclusive Public Leadership: How to Run for Office

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 5:30pm
Event Information: 

Fels is pleased to welcome City Commissioner Al Schmidt to discuss election basics and offer an Election Official's perspective on how to run for office. Al Schmidt is a former senior analyst at the non-partisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) – the investigative arm of Congress. He assisted members of Congress, both Democratic and Republican, in conducting oversight of government agencies, programs, and policies – anywhere that taxpayer dollars were spent – to identify and eliminate waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. 

Al was first elected City Commissioner of Philadelphia in November 2011, and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Commission. Since being elected, Al has worked to modernize election operations, improve efficiency, and bring integrity to the election process. Al is the fifth speaker in our non-partisan civic skills workshop series focused on developing tools for inclusive public leadership.

This workshop is the first in a three-part mini-series on how to run for office, intended to introduce students to the election process and to provide the background needed for contemplating a future in local and state politics. Al’s workshop will be guided by the following questions:

  • What are the entry points for local politics, particularly in Philadelphia?
  • What is the process for becoming a candidate?
  • How are elections conducted?  How are they assured to be free and fair?

Al's full biography can be found here

This event is open to Penn students only with priority given to Fels students. 

Location Name: 
Spady Room, Fox-Fels Hall
Location Address: 

3814 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829