Civic advancement forum provides insight into politics, public policy

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A nonpartisan program operated by El Pomar Foundation, The Forum for Civic Advancement, whose purpose is to support and engage individuals seeking elected or appointed positions, provides an opportunity for the Pikes Peak community to learn from experienced leaders in Colorado politics and public policy.
Former participants include state Sen. Steve Durham, former Ambassador to India and Governor of Ohio Dick Celeste, and former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell.
Additionally, the forum periodically hosts seminars with practical information about holding public office and convenes candidates seeking public office within the Pikes Peak region.
Recently, the Forum for Civic Advancement had the pleasure of conducting the inaugural set of attendee focus groups. These sessions allowed the staff to connect with the forum’s regular attendees and provided an opportunity for guests to offer feedback and suggestions to the staff.
The recommendations will be presented to the forum chairmen and then used to craft the 2007 forum calendar.
On Jan. 31, the forum hosted its annual Run and Win seminar, which targeted those considering a campaign for the Colorado Springs City Council or those interested in managing a campaign. More than 20 members of the community heard lessons about municipal government from Sam Mamet, executive director of the Colorado Municipal League; election guidelines from Kathryn Young, clerk for the City of Colorado Springs; and campaign tips from Sarah Jack, political director of the Housing and Building Association.
As a follow-up to this session, the forum will be hosting a City Council Candidate Panel at 5:30 p.m. March 7 at the Penrose House. For more information, visit
Finally, the forum is has added former Sen. Gary Hart and Mike Rosen as chairmen for the 2007 program year.
Hart represented Colorado in the U.S. Senate for two terms, from 1975 to 1987, and was a contender for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 1984. Hart continues to serve the state through public policy work and analysis, including service as chairman of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Rosen is one of Colorado’s premier political commentators, hosts a daily talk show on Newsradio 850 KOA in Denver and writes a weekly column for the Rocky Mountain News.
Hart and Rosen join former Colorado Senate President John Andrews and Colorado College professor Tom Cronin as forum chairmen.
The 2007 calendar of forum events is available