WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County's two major political parties are working together to educate people about public service.
The Democratic and Republican central committees are in a coalition holding a Nov. 7 session on the demands and responsibilities of public office or serving on boards and committees.
A Jan. 23, 2010, follow-up session will cover the nuts and bolts of a campaign, such as election law requirements.
Local and state candidates have until July to file for the 2010 elections.
Pat Heck, the Democratic Central Committee chairwoman, said the Nov. 7 panel will be motivational -- "to get local people interested and being committed to (be) part of our democratic system."
Republican Central Committee Chairwoman Marilee Kerns said the last presidential election sparked new interest in the political process, particularly over the possibility of the first black or female president.