WASHINGTON (2/2/10)--In the first round of campaign schools to take place in 2010, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) last week combined forces with the Montana Credit Union Network to introduce prospective candidates for local office to the key techniques and the rigors of running their own campaign. The campaign schools, which took place in Billings, Mont. on Friday, and other locations during the week, were covered extensively by The Billings Gazette and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and were attended by over 170 potential candidates, the largest number that CUNA has seen for some time. Additional sessions of the campaign school, which was also backed by the Montana Electric Cooperative Association and the Montana Chamber of Commerce, took place last week in Great Falls, Missoula, and Bozeman. Topics covered during the campaign school sessions included campaign management, fundraising, message development, and get-out-the-vote planning, and potential candidates at the Montana sessions planned to contend for a broad swath of positions, from local Justice of the Peace to State Representative. CUNA's Vice President of Political Affairs Trey Hawkins said the main goal of the campaign schools, which have been held in Montana every-other year since 2000, "is to give first-time candidates an overview of how to put together an effective campaign. Ultimately, though, we think it sends a message to these candidates that credit unions are sophisticated when it comes to politics and elections. Hopefully they will remember that once they are in office." CUNA has also scheduled its first ever campaign schools to be held in North Carolina this month and additional campaign school sessions have been tentatively set to take place in Ohio as well.