2013-04-25 / Front Page

Program encourages girls to start ‘Running and Winning’ in gov’t

TINTON FALLS — Sixty students from 10 area high schools will gather at Monmouth Regional High School on May 3 to participate in the seventh annual “Running and Winning” workshop, a program that introduces high school junior girls to the political process by providing them with access to women in government.

The students will interact with women who have served or who currently serve in elected office, or who provide executive support for elected officials. The Greater Red Bank Area League of Women Voters initiated “Running and Winning” in 2007.

Joining the League of Women Voters are three other sponsors: the AAUWNorthern Monmouth County Branch, the Junior League of Monmouth County and the Red Bank Chapter of Hadassah.

This year, the “Running and Winning” sponsors will honor one of the workshop’s founders — the late Ann McNamara, former mayor of Tinton Falls — for encouraging succeeding generations to participate in public life.

Students have an opportunity to interview the women in government and to learn directly from their experiences.

The students are guided by trained facilitators in a “mock campaign” exercise where they assume the roles of candidate and a candidate’s support team.

The day culminates with a presentation by each candidate to the full group of participants.

The program includes student journalists who will report on the day for their schools and communities.

Participating schools are Keyport High School, Long Branch High School, Middletown High School North and South, Monmouth Regional High School, Red Bank Regional High School, Rumson- Fair Haven Regional High School, Academy of Allied Health and Science, Communications High School and Marine Academy of Science and Technology.

For more information, contact Marian Wattenbarger at 732-371-9977.

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