For Immediate Release                                 CONTACT:    James Dukesherer

October 2, 2013                                                                        Nebraska Rural Electric Association








Lincoln, Nebraska:    The Nebraska Rural Electric Association (NREA) announced today it will hold two Candidate Training Schools in November.  The first school will be held on November 7th at the NREA office in Lincoln (1244 K Street), and the second will be held November 8th at the North Platte Community College, North Platte.  Both schools are open to any candidate for office, campaign staff, or individuals interested in knowing more about the campaign process.


The Candidate Training Schools were created jointly by the NREA and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to help individuals seeking public office sharpen their political skills and prepare for the rigors of the campaign trail whether it be school board, city council, county commissioner, the legislature, or federal office.


The school is an intensive classroom setting for anyone considering a bid for public office. “The course is designed to provide useful information and the tools to make the election process less intimidating,” says Troy Bredenkamp, General Manager for the NREA.  “By offering this training, we believe everyone is better served.  Some of the best candidates just need to know how to run.”


The school is open to candidates or key campaign staff of any political party and will feature seasoned campaign veterans and professionals focusing on the following core areas: fundraising, campaign strategy, message development, and communication skills.  “There just isn’t enough training available for local candidates who are willing to step forward and serve their communities.  This program meets that need,” Bredenkamp added.  Attendees will also learn about campaign rules and regulations from the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.


Those interested in the Candidate Training School are asked to contact James Dukesherer at the NREA office 402.475.4988 or email


The Nebraska Rural Electric Association (NREA) is the private non-profit trade association for 34 rural electric systems which provide electric service to consumers in most of the rural areas and many of the small towns in Nebraska.  Together, the more than 1,000 dedicated employees of our member-systems serve approximately 233,000 meters and over 400,000 consumers across more than 87,000 miles of line.