Training program for union members interested in running for local office


In an effort to help union members who would like to consider running for a community office in the Spring 2022 elections, the Missouri AFL-CIO is sponsoring a training session to help them win.

If you’ve ever thought of running for a school board, for example, or know a union brother or sister who would consider running for a local office, you need to tune into this exciting new program.

An in-person St. Louis training program will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the LeadMo office, 3407 Jefferson Ave. However, virtual programs will be held on Dec. 14, 15 and 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. To sign up, email Missouri AFL-CIO Political Director Stephen Webber at

In its announcement of the program, the Missouri AFL-CIO points out several examples of the value of union members running for local offices:

  • Want to make sure teachers get a fair deal and new schools are built by local contractors? Local school boards make those decisions.
  • Want to make sure good-paying jobs are attracted to your area and the local factory doesn’t close? City Councils can help with that.

Some of our area’s most recognized political leaders had humble starts:

  • State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (Teamsters Local 688) started as a state representative.
  • Former Senate Minority Leader and Missouri State Building Trades Council President Gina Walsh (Asbestos Workers Local 1) started on the Riverview Fire Board.
  • Senator Doug Beck (Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562) started on the Affton School Board.
  • Former Senator Tim Green (IBEW Local 1) started as a state representative.
  • AFL-CIO President Jacob Hummel (IBEW Local 1) started as the principal-appointed 5th-grade hall monitor.

“Running for a local office helps candidates build the skills and networks necessary to successfully run for higher offices in years to come,“ Webber stressed.

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