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Extension class presents 'Thinking about running for local office?'

January 11, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — People interested in running for school board, borough council and boards of township supervisors seats in this election cycle can attend an informational session on Monday, Jan. 24.

"Thinking about running for local office?" is a class presented by the Penn State Extension. It is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. in the Franklin County Administrative Annex on North Second Street in Chambersburg.

The class will be rescheduled in case of inclement weather.

Registration costs $20 per person.

"A lot of people decide at the last minute to run for office," said Judy Chambers, Penn State Extension educator.

Judging by anecdotal evidence, the people who decide to run are involved in their community but not necessarily familiar with the ins and outs of government, Chambers said.

"We can't tell you how to campaign, but we can tell you how to run," she said.

Penn State Extension offices will be offering the class in more than 30 counties. Chambers said Franklin County had similar classes in 2007 and 2009.

Waynesboro Borough Councilman Wayne Driscoll said he took the class in 2009 when he was first running.

"They go over all the packets and the forms you need," he said.

Driscoll is scheduled to talk about his experiences at the Jan. 24 session.

"It is not as hard as it seems. That's the big thing," he said of seeking election.

Chambers said the workshop will include:

  • An overview of Pennsylvania local government and the responsibilities of a township supervisor, a borough council member and a school board director, presented by Penn State Extension
  • Instructions on how to run: filing petitions, reporting campaign expenses and other important information, presented by Jean Byers, deputy chief clerk for Franklin County
  • A panel of local officials from Franklin County who will talk about why they decided to run for office and some of their experiences since they were elected

To register, call Chambers at 717-334-6271, ext. 313, or e-mail her at chambers@psu.edu.

The first day to file and circulate nominating petitions is Feb. 15. The municipal primary is May 17.

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