WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute is holding a candidate and campaign training from Feb. 14-17 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, 340 N. 3rd St., in Phoenix, Ariz.

As part of the event, they have launched their “Onward to Victory” contest which will provide one online mock election candidate who receives the most votes with the chance to win an all-expenses paid spot at the training. Deadline for voting is 12 p.m. on Jan. 31. The winner will be announced on Feb. 1. Included is free registration, accommodations and travel. The contest is a chance for those thinking about running for public office or interested in working on an LGBT candidate’s campaign the opportunity to experience the Arizona training.

The contest is being held as a way to recognize the advances which have been made in electing LGBT candidates to Congress, including the first out U.S. senator. Twenty years ago, there was less than 50 openly LGBT public officials. Today there are more than 500.

This is a perfect time for Carolina candidates and others who are interested in the election process to gain powerful tools to mount a successful campaign. Application to attend is available online.

For those who are unable to attend the event in Arizona, more are being offered during the year — Washington, D.C., in September, an undisclosed location in June and Denver, Colo., in December.

To participate, visit onwardtovictory.victoryinstitute.org/.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.