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 ‘Thinking about Running for Local Office’ at the Cumberland County Services Center in Carlisle on Thursday, January 20 from 7-9 pm. 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 petition, reporting campaign expenses and other important information – presented by Penny Brown, Director, Cumberland County Bureau of Elections
•     a panel of local officials from Cumberland County who will talk about why they decided to run for office and some of their experiences since being elected

This year’s workshop is sponsored by the Cumberland County Commission for Women, which is underwriting the cost so that citizens can attend at no charge. The Commission for Women seeks to increase opportunities for Cumberland County women and girls by identifying and promoting awareness of pertinent issues. One of their main objectives is to support women in politics and through the election process.

The workshop is open to all interested citizens. “The people who run our local governments are our friends and neighbors – people just like us,” explained Penn State Extension Educator Judy Chambers. “You don’t need special training or experience. 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 available by contacting Judy Chambers, Penn State Extension Adams County at (717) 334-6271 x. 313, or the Cumberland County Office of Penn State Extension at (717) 240-6500. In case of inclement weather: please check with local radio or television stations for cancellations. If Cumberland County Government Offices are closed that day, the workshop will be postponed until January 25.

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 the Penn State Extension Adams County, (717) 334-6271.