January 2015 NewsFlash

Toss your Hat in the Ring

Have you ever thought of running for local elected office? Pennsylvania’s system of local government puts many decisions about land use, economic development, local roads and our children’s education in the hands of township supervisors, borough and city council members, and school district directors. Local government is where the action is. You can help make decisions about how your community will grow, what shape the streets are in, and which services are most important. Land use, growth policies, infrastructure improvements and taxation are some of the more obvious areas of concern.

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 Monroe County Extension office in Stroudsburg on January 26, 2015 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 petitions, reporting campaign expenses and other important information – presented by the county election office.
• a panel of local officials who will talk about why they decided to run for office and some of their experiences since they were elected

The workshop will 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.”

“Toss your hat in the Ring” will be conducted at the Monroe Extension office on Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Monroe Extension office in Stroudsburg from 7-9 pm and on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the Wayne Extension office in Honesdale from 7-9 pm.

Registration is $25/person and you can register at the following website –

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.

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 Monroe County Extension office at 570-421-6430 or the Wayne County Extension office at 570-253-5970 Ext 4110.

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