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2019 Spring Class
Legislative Advocacy & Election Practices
Instructor: Marilyn Canavan, Jerry Nault
Tuesdays • 3/19-5/7 • 10:15 AM-12:15 PM
Hear from a Maine membership organzation and a former state legislator about their approaches to legislative advocacy in the first two weeks of the course, returning in the last two weeks for an update providing their impressions of the session and success of their advocacy positions. During the middle four weeks, the class will hear about state and national election practices and discuss “election ethics” with a local expert. Class materials will be provided by individuals participating in the course. Classroom
Class size 8-18 students
15 seats remaining
Marilyn Canavan served as Director of Maine’s Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices for ten years prior to being elected to four terms in the Maine House of Representatives. As Commission Director, she helped write Maine’s Clean Election Law and as State Representative she was named Woman of the Year by the Waterville Professional/Business Women Association and Legislator of the Year by the Maine Chapter of NASW. She joined UMA Senior College in 2011 and has served on the UMASC Board since 2014. She is Chair of the Publicity Committee and a member of Forum on the Future Committee.
Hobbies: Writing bad poetry and singing off key.
Jerry Nault, a self-confessed “political junkie” from Windsor, has served on the Board of Selectmen, Assessors, Overseers of the Poor, Town Board of Appeals, Windsor (and Kennebec County) Budget Committees. He is currently Windsor’s representative to the Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit’s Board of Directors, and serves on the Windsor Planning Board.