Candidates of the Future

Candidates of the Future is a nonpartisan workshop coordinated by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University, Shafer Leadership Academy, Building Better Neighborhoods and Muncie Action Plan. The program offers a chance for everyday citizens to understand the process of running for local offices. Anyone interested in the process of running for local office is invited to attend this year’s workshop on November 10th. This workshop promotes the importance of citizens taking action in the community and understanding the difference they can make by getting involved as decision-makers in local government.


Sign up now: last year’s Candidates of the Future’s registration filled up. This event is free and requires pre-registration.


According to Shafer Leadership Academy, ANY citizen who has an interest in running for local office should attend. The workshop will help attendees:

  • Discuss the factors that influence deciding to run
  • Understand the campaign planning process
  • Learn how to run a campaign
  • Hear from state officials representing each of the three “ballot access” parties
  • Learn about key community organizations who are tackling Delaware County’s most pressing issues
  • And explore what to expect when serving in office


When: Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 9 AM – 4 PM
Where: Innovation Connector 1200 W White River Blvd. Muncie, IN 47303
Cost: Free with pre-registration through Shafer Leadership Academy’s website at
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