Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and Arkansas Broadcasters Association to Sponsor Political candidates Training Seminar

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and the Arkansas Broadcasters Association (ABA) will host a training seminar for political office candidates on Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas offices at 1 Cooperative Way in Little Rock. The registration fee is $75 per attendee.

“The seminar is designed to assist political candidates in preparing for and operating a successful campaign for public office,” said Carmie Henry, vice president of governmental affairs for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. “Running for elected office and serving as an elected official is one of the greatest privileges and responsibilities of United States citizens.”

According to Henry, the electric cooperatives sponsor the seminar as a public service to the communities served by the state’s 17 locally owned electric cooperatives. The training involves experts with proven skills providing candidates with information from areas covering fundraising and campaign finance laws, message development and message communication, direct mail and “get-out-the-vote” techniques, he said.

“The Arkansas Broadcasters Association and its members are dedicated to serving our communities and this seminar is a great example of our efforts,” said Doug Krile, executive director for the ABA. “By partnering with the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas we are able to provide this great public service to Arkansans.”

To enroll in the seminar, potential candidates should contact the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas’ government affairs department at501.570.2271 or visit http://www.aecc.com/governmental-affairs/political-candidate-training/.

The ABA has approximately 200 member radio and television stations in Arkansas.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

For additional information, contact:

Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or rroedel@aeci.com