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Imagine Durand Lead 580


Whether you're considering a campaign or ready to file the paperwork tomorrow, Lead 580 is a crash course in everything that goes into running for public office.

Lead 580 is a four-month, nine-session bootcamp to prepare young members of the Durant community to run for local, state and federal office. The program will offer information about the roles and responsibilities of various levels of government, provide a firsthand look at the challenges and opportunities of serving in public office, and equip participants with the knowledge and skills to run a campaign.

Inaugural Lead 580 cohort


Lead 580 is for Bryan County residents between the ages of 18 and 40 who are interested in learning about how to run for, and serve in, public office. The program actively seeks diverse young professionals from all parts of the region to participate.


Participants will hear from current and former elected officials, campaign managers, and political insiders on the merits and challenges of running for and holding public office.

  • Participants will expand their knowledge about the roles and responsibilities of various levels of government.

  • Participants will expand their networks by connecting with other passionate, civic-minded young professionals and community leaders.

  • Participants have the opportunity to be mentored by a former elected official to help them strengthen their platform and make decisions about their personal civic journey. 

Application Schedule

Program Schedule


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