Wednesday event appeals to women interested in political participation

Women in Cache Valley are invited to participate in an event Wednesday to inform them about how to participate in politics at the local level. The Northern Utah chapter of Real Women Run is holding an event on Wednesday, Nov. 28th from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Historic Cache County Historic Courthouse at 199 North Main St. in Logan.

The event, made possible in partnership with Utah State University, Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce, and USU Center for Women and Gender, will feature open conversation and networking opportunities with local and state leaders about the importance of women in elected office and community leadership positions, and how to take the next steps to get involved. It will also include a panel discussion.

We need more women’s voices in government,” says Logan Mayor Holly Daines in a statement. “This Real Women Run event is an opportunity for women in our community to become better leaders and learn more about participating in the political process at the local level.

“I like the fact that it’s non-partisan. Women running for office win at the same levels as men, but research shows they often need encouragement to run. Real Women Run can help provide tools, networking and shared experiences to facilitate that.”

The event costs $15 for general registration and $5 for student registration. The registration includes refreshments and a discount for Real Women Run Winter Training in Salt Lake City on January 19, 2019. Wednesday’s event will feature local leaders who are involved in politics and public service, including Mayor Daines and Cache County Council Member Barbara Tidwell.

A panel discussion moderated by Brigham City Council Member Ruth Jensen will include: Logan City Councilwoman Amy Anderson, former Utah House District 5 candidate Karina Andelin Brown, former Cache County School Board candidate Shellie Giddings, former Cache County Council candidate for Logan District #3 Jennifer Roark, and Cache County Council member Gina Worthen.

Former Utah State Representative Sophia DiCaro will give the keynote address. DiCaro’s professional career began in various roles at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. After 13 years of service under four gubernatorial administrations in senior roles, she served a term in the Utah State House of Representatives, representing northern West Valley City in the Utah State Legislature.

Those interested in attending can register at realwomenrun.org.

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