July 17, 2006 – Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen welcomes four Virgin Islanders to the Washington, D.C. area, as the Congressional Black Caucus Political Boot Camp gets under way. The Boot Camp is run by the CBC Institute under its Political Education and Leadership program and is an initiative designed to help foster a pool of minority professionals with policy issues and the political campaigning.
This year, Lesley Commissiong and Lisa Melchior of St. Thomas and Barbara Dalmida of St. John were nominated by Christensen.
Each will attend the one-week training on the campus of Morgan State University, in Baltimore. The program will focus on training candidates, campaign managers, field directors, funds raisers, communication directors, volunteer coordinators and campaign schedulers.
The comprehensive curriculum will focus on campaign ethics, research and polling, the legislative process, and e-campaigning and e-fundraising. Melody Rames of St. Crois will join the Boot Camp this year as an instructor.
The one week intensive campaign will end with a simulated campaign, from a candidate's decision to run through election night victory and concession speeches.
Christensen will meet the four at a Capitol Hill reception on Wednesday.
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