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'Toss Your Hat in the Ring' workshop offers information on running for office in Pa.

December 21, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — For anyone who have ever thought about serving on their school board, borough council or township board — here’s a chance to learn how to do it.

Penn State Extension is offering a workshop titled “Toss Your Hat in the Ring” at the Franklin County Administrative Annex in Chambersburg Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The workshop 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 Penn State Extension. The workshop will feature instructions on how to run, file a petition, report campaign expenses and other important information, presented by Jean Byers, deputy chief clerk for Franklin County. A panel of local officials from Franklin County will talk about why they decided to run for office and some of their experiences since being 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.

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“The people who run our local governments are our friends and neighbors — people just like us,” said Penn State Extension Educator Judy Chambers. “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.”

The workshop costs $25 per person. Register online at http://agsci.psu.edu/local-government/
chambersburg
or call Penn State Extension Adams County at 717-334-6271

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