Middlebury

September 17, 2001

Contact:
Sarah Ray

802-443-5794

sray@middlebury.edu

Posted: September 17, 2001

MIDDLEBURY,
VT
- Rick Ridder, an international political consultant
and a member of the Middlebury College class of 1976, will
give a lecture titled "Ballot Box Wars and Warriors: An
Insider's Guide to Political Campaigning" on Tuesday, Sept.
25, at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Robert A.
Jones House on Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route
125). The event is free and open to the public.

Ridder is
president and co-founder of Ridder/Braden, a Denver,
Colo.-based consulting firm that specializes in
organizational and developmental assistance for political
candidates and nonprofit organizations. Founded in 1985 by
Rick Ridder and Joannie Braden, the firm has been involved
in national and international politics at all levels. Its
clients include numerous nonprofit organizations, law firms
and corporations.

Ridder
possesses extensive experience from both the campaign trail
and his role as a consultant. He served as a senior
consultant for the 1996 Clinton/Gore campaign, national
field director for two other presidential campaigns, and
staff member for two additional presidential bids. As a
consultant to numerous United States Senate and House,
gubernatorial, and state and local campaigns, Ridder often
guides campaign staffs as they conduct daily operations.

He has
worked abroad in Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Spain,
Sweden and Venezuela as well as other countries. Ridder is a
frequent speaker at training programs and conferences, both
national and international, and has provided election
commentary for all three major U.S. television networks and
the British Broadcasting Corp. He is also the immediate past
president of the International Association of Political
Consultants.

Prior to
becoming a political consultant, Ridder was an independent
radio and television producer whose programming aired on
major networks. He holds a master's degree in broadcasting
from Boston University, and a bachelor's in political
science from Middlebury.

More
information about Rick Ridder and Ridder/Braden is available
at the firm's Web site at http://ridder-braden.com/. For
more information about the lecture, contact David Rosenberg
of the Middlebury College political science department at
802-443-5612.