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.

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