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Gay and Lesbian
Victory Fund candidate training program, June 9-12 in
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Gay and Lesbian
Victory Fund candidate training program, June 9-12 in
Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund's Candidate and Campaign Training program, run by the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute, a nonpartisan educational organization, will be held June 9-12 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Thirty-six potential candidates, campaign personnel, and community leaders from Colorado and the surrounding region are registered to attend. Sen. Jennifer Veiga, the first openly lesbian member of the Colorado state legislature, will speak to the trainees about issues they may face while running for office. Veiga was first elected to Colorado state office as a representative in 1996. "It's essential that openly gay and lesbian candidates stay on message and talk about issues that matter to voters, rather than getting drawn into a protracted discussion about sexual orientation," she said. The bulk of the training will focus on campaign plan and strategy development, fund-raising, communications, and organizing. Potential candidates will also learn to address questions about their sexual orientation with honesty and dignity, without diverging from issues of real importance.

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