The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce and Go Forward Pine Bluff announced that the following graduated from the 2017 Class of the Candidate Development Institute:

Joni Alexander, Pecola Anderson, Nathaniel Dee Baker, Glen Brown Jr., Bill Brumett, Tavante L. Calhoun Sr., Leigh Cockrum, Lloyd A. Franklin II, Vonysha Goodwin, Chandra Griffin, Wil Jenkins, Reginald Johnson, Caleb McMahon, Nancy Lee McNew, Leslie Mitchell, Mandy Owens, Mary Pringos, Sederick C. Rice, Janice L. Roberts, James Gavin Sanders, Tonya Y. Shaw, Shawndra Taggart, Lyslie Trammell, Gene A. White Jr., Lafayette Woods Jr. and Jessica Yarbrough.

CDI participants completed the course held Tuesdays, Sept. 19 through Oct. 24, at the the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County.

Those who met attendance requirements graduated from the Institute Oct. 24. Participants heard more than a dozen speakers discuss an array of subjects. CDI, coordinated by the Chamber and in association with Go Forward Pine Bluff, was designed to offer training in the basics of organizing and implementing a campaign for public office.

Topics included How to Get Elected, Information You Should Know when Running for Office and Filing with the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office; Lobbying and Campaign Finance and Ethics; Primary Sources of Information and How Do I Put This Information to Work for Me?; Grassroots Campaigning, Campaign Plans, Strategies and Tactics and Media Relations; Fund Raising, Enacting Legislation and Campaign Lessons Learned; and Economic Development Sales Tax and How an Elected Official Influences Economic Progress in Your Community.