School of Professional Studies

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


School of Professional Studies

Chief Instructor

Mary M Piecewicz, MBA, MSPC, PMP


local campaign, city government, under represented communities, kitchen cabinet, campaign strategies


Running for public office is a massive undertaking that is often inaccessible to marginalized groups of people including women, people of color, low income folks and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. These people, especially when they are first time candidates, face barriers that range from lack of finances to gatekeeping. Communities benefit when residents are represented by a diverse range of elected officials, as they bring unique perspectives, lived experiences and opinions to the table. This capstone will provide an overview of strategy, guidelines to follow and basic tools that are needed to run for office to assist first time candidates in their run for public office





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