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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  •  Want to run for office? Workshop tells you how

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    For all those people who have ever thought about serving on their school board, borough council or township board – here’s your chance to learn how to do it. Penn State Extension is offering a workshop ‘Toss your Hat in the Ring’ at the Wayne County Extension office in Honesdale on January 30, 2013 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;
    • Instructions on how to run: filing a petitions, reporting campaign expenses and other important information – presented by the Cindy Furman, Director –Wayne County Elections office;
    • A panel of local officials from Wayne County who will talk about why they decided to run for office and some of their experiences since they were 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. "The people who run our local governments are our friends and neighbors – people just like us," explained Penn State Extension Educator Peter Wulfhorst. "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 throw your hat in the ring."
    Registration is $25/person and you can register at the following website – http://agsci.psu.edu/local-government/honesdale
    For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst at (570)296-3400. In case of inclement weather, please check with local radio or television stations for cancellations. There is a snow date of February 6, 2013.
    The Extension Office is located in the Park Street Complex (former Stourbridge School) off Park Street (Route 6), west of Wayne Memorial Hospital.
    Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, call (570)253-5970 x 4110.
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