UNIVERSITY PARK – If you are considering running for local elected office, you can get helpful advice by attending a workshop to be offered by Penn State Extension early next year.
The “Toss Your Hat in the Ring” workshop will be offered both as a web-based seminar on Jan. 17 and Jan. 24 and as an in-person seminar at various locations throughout the state Jan. 25 – Feb. 2.
All face-to-face workshops will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A list of locations can be found online.
The presentation, which is intended for people who have pondered serving on their school board, borough council or township board, provides an overview of Pennsylvania local government and the responsibilities of township supervisors, borough council members and school directors.
Presented by a Penn State Extension educator, the workshop includes instruction on several facets of running for office, such as filing a nominating petition, reporting campaign expenses and other important information.
It also will feature a panel of local officials who will discuss why they decided to run for office and recount some of their experiences since they were elected.
“The workshop won’t offer campaign tips or strategies — rather, the focus will be on understanding the roles, responsibilities and personal rewards that come with public service,” said Peter Wulfhorst, Penn State Extension educator.
“The people who run our local governments are our friends and neighbors — people just like us.”
Wulfhorst noted that 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,” he said.