Work­shop on run­ning for lo­cal of­fice of­fered by Penn State Berks

The Southern Berks News - - FEATURES - From Lisa M. Het­rick

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.

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