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Session for women seeking office

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Are you a woman who wants to run in an upcoming election?

A free session about women in politics, and running for an elected position, is set for Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the local Confederation College campus (adjacent to Fort Frances High School).

Coun. Wendy Brunetta has been busy putting it together.

“The reason I did this is because when I was thinking about running, I wasn't really sure what this entailed,” she told town council at its regular meeting Monday night.

“It was a bit difficult to find information," Coun. Brunetta noted. ”I did meet with the clerk, who provided me with some information, but I learned a lot since then.

“So I really thought it would be beneficial to have a session.”

Coun. Brunetta said she knew of a group called Women in Politics in Thunder Bay, and it has a budget to send someone here to do a presentation.

The Feb. 7 presentation will feature a panel including Rebecca Johnson of Thunder Bay, co-chair of the Women in Politics group, as well as Coun. Brunetta and Coun. June Caul.

Some of the things they're going to talk about include making the decision to run, planning your campaign, and what life in public office is really like.

Coun. Brunetta said the session is aimed at women who are interested in running for any elected position—not just municipal government.

The session also will be useful for women or men wanting to support a campaign, as well as women who want to become “engaged leaders in their communities,” she added.

Coun. Brunetta said she would love for people to register beforehand if possible.

They can do so at paro.ca or womeninpolitics.ca

“I know the [municipal] election is a ways away but I just thought it'd be some good information to provide people,” Coun. Brunetta reasoned.

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