C.E.R.T – Candidate (and campaign) Empowerment and Readiness Training

Thank you for your interest in public service, supporting other emerging candidates, or otherwise educating yourself on healthy democracy and governance in Lowell and in Massachusetts.

Spring 2021 was the launch of Lowell Votes first CERT series! The success of our program can be credited through the recent election of Stacey Thompson for school committee and Corey Robinson for city council as they both participated in our training sessions. Congratulations!

Click here to fill out our application!

Interested in learning more about what our program consists of? Check out our session outlines:

March 20th, 2021:

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • How to Think About a Campaign
  • Why We Need YOU to Run
  • Message 
  • Voter Contact 
  • Inclusive Campaign Outreach and Knowing Your Community
  • Election Math and Targeting
  • GOTV
  • Fundraising
  • Getting Started: Getting on the ballot, opening a committee, etc.

March 27th, 2021

April 3rd, 2021


Thank you to our Spring 2021 session presenters!

Jordan Berg Powers, Massachusetts Alliance

Becca Glenn, Massachusetts Alliance

Helena Berbano, New American Leaders

Lisa Wong, Town Manager of Winchester, former Mayor of Fitchburg

Leverett Wing, Commonwealth Seminar

Allison Chambers, Deputy CFO of the City of Lowell

Eunice Zeigler, Lowell Housing Authority and City Councilor in Methuen

Pavel Payano, At-Large Lawrence City Councilor and Director of Community Mobilization at the Social Innovation Forum

Frank Surillo, Greater Lawrence School Committee Member

Vivian Marmol, Greater Lawrence School Committee Member 

Betsy Englander, Massachusetts Voter Table

Joshua Alba, Activist & Organizer, Lawrence School Committee member

Derek Mitchell, Executive Director at the Lawrence Partnership and former candidate for Lowell City Council