Running for Elected Office

This set of materials – developed by UW-Extension, the Local Government Center, and the League of Women Voters, with contributions from the Wisconsin Elections Commission (formerly the Government Accountability Board) and Manitowoc County – will help you decide whether you should run … how to run … and how to present the topic to others.

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Women in Government

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A number of studies have highlighted the disproportionately low number of women holding state and federal elective offices. This is also true of local elective offices in Wisconsin. These studies have also shown that women are less likely than men to run for elective office, and that their reasons for running often vary from those cited by men.

Jenny Erickson, Sauk County, UWEX Community Development Educator, Dan Hill, UWEX Local Government Center, Local Government Specialist, and Victoria Solomon, Green County, UWEX Community Development Educator investigated whether these findings held true for women running for local office in Wisconsin. Their findings have appeared in the publications of Wisconsin’s three statewide local Government Associations.

Papers

PowerPoint Presentation

Publications

Related Articles

Resources

Radio Interviews

  • Wisconsin Public Radio: Jenny Erickson and Victoria Solomon interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio about the women and political ambition research. (Approximately ten minutes.) March 23, 2016
  • WORT Public Radio in Madison: Madison listener-supported radio station conducts interview with Dan Hill, Jenny Erickson, and Betty Grotophorst about women and political ambition for local public office. (One hour) December 5, 2016

Conference Presentations

  • Erickson, J., Hill, D., and Solomon, V. Political Ambition: Why Don’t Women Run? Presented at the Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference in Omaha, NE (Jury selected) October 2016
  • Erickson, J., Hill, D., Political Ambition: Why Don’t Women Run? Presented at the Wisconsin Counties Association Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI September 2016
  • Erickson, J., Hill, D., and Solomon, V. Political Ambition: Why Don’t Women Run? Presented at the Wisconsin League of Municipalities Chief Executives Workshop in Delavan, WI August 2016
  • Erickson, J., Hill, D., and Solomon, V. Political Ambition: Why Don’t Women Run? Presented at the Community Development Society (CDS) and International Association for Community Development (IACD) Annual International Conference in Minneapolis, MN (Jury Selected) July 2016
  • Erickson, J., Hill, D., and Solomon, V. Political Ambition: Why Don’t Women Run? Presented at the Community Development Society (CDS) and International Association for community Development (IACD) Annual International Conference in Minneapolis, MN (Jury Selected) WI July 2016
  • Erickson, J., Hill, D., and Solomon, V. Women in Government: Why Don’t More Women Run? Presented at the Midwest Towns Symposium in La Crosse, WI (Jury Selected) WI July 2016
  • Erickson, J., Hill, D., Political Ambition: Why Don’t Women Run? Presented at the Wisconsin Women’s Council in Madison, WI June 2016