Workshop on running for local office offered by Penn State Berks
Have you ever thought of running for local elected office? Pennsylvania’s system of local government puts many decisions about land use, economic development, local roads and our children’s education in the hands of township supervisors, borough and city council members, and school district directors.
Penn State Extension is offering a workshop “Toss your Hat in the Ring” which includes:
• An overview of Pennsylvania local government and the responsibilities of a township supervisor, a borough council member, or a school board director — presented by a Penn State Extension Educator.
• Instructions on how to run: filing a petition, reporting campaign expenses and other important information, usually presented by Deborah Olivieri, Berks County Elections office.
• A panel of local officials who will talk about why they decided to run for office and some of their experiences since they were elected.
The workshop won’t offer campaign tips or strategies; rather the focus is on understanding the roles, responsibilities and personal rewards that come with public service.
“The people who run our local governments are our friends and neighbors — people just like us,” explained Peter Wulfhorst, Penn State Extension Educator. “You don’t need special training or experience to serve your township, borough or school district. If you’re interested in serving, care about your community, and are willing to learn on the job, we’d like to encourage you to toss your hat in the ring.”
Penn State Extension will be conducting a “Toss your Hat in the Ring” workshop Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. with a snow date of Feb. 11. The workshop will take place at the Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533-9709.
Registration is $25 per person and you can register at https://extension.psu. edu/toss-your-hat.
For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst, Penn State Extension at 570-296-3400.
In case of inclement weather, please check with local radio or television stations for cancellations.