At Western Liberty Network’s Third Annual Leadership Training Conference and Expo, 104 attendees from Oregon and Washington spent a pleasant Saturday learning how to take responsibility for their local governments and change the fabric of their political cultures.
Attendance was the highest ever for any WLN conference held during a non-election year and more was offered than ever before. Featured speakers included Fox News Contributor Wayne Allyn Root, Dr. Monica Wehby (who ran for the U.S. senate in 2014), and state senator Kim Thatcher.
We found out in the days leading up to the conference that Rep. Mike Nearman, newly elected, got his start at a regional WLN conference held in Medford at the end of 2011. After 78 of the 98 candidates we trained in 2013 won election to
local office, Nearman’s election underscored the fact that WLN’s model works.
In addition to featured speakers during the morning, lunch, and afternoon
assemblies, twenty breakout sessions were held offering grassroots
activists REAL training in skills that will help them:
- Win election or appointment to local public office
- Lobby state legislators and local office holders
- Circulate petitions correctly and be effective as campaign volunteers
- Manage campaigns and build their organizations
During the day, private speech coaches Le and Ann Snelling of Revolutionary Persuation offered private public speaking training. The Snellings also held a class the night before on how to work a room called, "The Power of Engagement". This was followed by a reception featuring live music and hot appetizers.
In the gallery, you can see a few photos compiled from the event thus far. Western Liberty Network is grateful to FreedomWorks for co-sponsoring the conference and making members in Oregon and Washington aware of the conference.
Richard P. Burke is the Executive Director of WLN. He is proud to work with FreedomWorks on this and other projects which advance an educational mission.