Politicians in training

By Erika Mahoney

March 29, 2014 Updated Mar 29, 2014 at 6:45 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Whether they sided with red or blue, dozens of aspiring politicians gathered at SUNY Broome to talk job strategy.

The goal is to help those looking to get on a ballot break into the field.

SUNY Broome Professor Doug Garnar led the seminar entitled "So You Want to Run for Political Office and Make a Difference?"

Part one of the seminar included a round-table discussion focused on the particulars of running a campaign. it included tips for getting on a ballot and fundraising.

Part two focused on the importance of democracy.

Part three focused on female politicians. Women who have run for office offered advice.

"All of this stuff is important for anyone who is even remotely thinking about going into politics or running for office," Garnar said. Garnar added organization is key when running, noting aspiring politicians need to keep sound financial reports. He also said it's important for people to understand it's a hard job that involves dedication and support.