Potential candidates can elect to take class

January 17, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Interested in running for a local government office, but not quite sure how to go about it?

The answers to many of the questions posed by prospective candidates will be available next month at a workshop titled "Running for Local Government in Franklin County."

The workshop, sponsored by Franklin County and Penn State Cooperative Extension, will be Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Franklin County Administrative Annex at 218 N. Second St. in Chambersburg, Extension Educator Judy Chambers said.

"You don't need to be a seasoned politician with a big war chest to run for office," Chambers said.

People often decide to run for local offices because they have been approached by friends and neighbors, or because of an issue affecting the municipality or school district in which they live, Chambers said.


The workshop will focus on running for local, rather than countywide, offices, Chambers said. Those include school board, township and borough offices, she said.

The first part of the workshop will be a general discussion of what offices are up for election this year, Chambers said. That will be followed by Franklin County Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers' discussion of the mechanics of running for office, including nominating petitions, filing fees and deadlines.

Byers said prospective candidates often ask the same questions, and the workshop is a way to address them to a group rather than individually.

The third part will be a panel discussion featuring local government officials "talking about why they decided to run and about their experiences," Chambers said. The participants in the panel discussion have not been finalized, she said.

"It's a free workshop, and we want to generate some interest in folks running for office," Chambers said. Often in municipal elections, no candidates file to run for some offices, she said.

For information on how to register, call Chambers at 717-334-6271, ext. 330.

A workshop for candidates in Adams County will be Feb. 6 at the Ag Center in Gettysburg, Pa., Chambers said.

If you go

What: Workshop for prospective candidates for local government positions sponsored by Franklin County and Penn State Cooperative Extension

When: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Franklin County Administrative Annex, 218 N. Second St., Chambersburg, Pa.

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