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.
Penn State Extension is offering a workshop “Toss your Hat in the Ring” which 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 a Penn State
• Instructions on how to run: filing a petition, reporting campaign expenses and other important
information, usually presented by Deborah Olivieri, Berks County Elections 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 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 Peter Wulfhorst, Penn State
Extension Educator. “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.”
Penn State Extension will be conducting a “Toss your Hat in the Ring” workshop Tuesday, January 29,
2019 from 7-9 pm with a snow date of February 11, 2019. The workshop will take place at the Berks
County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533-9709.
Registration is $25/person and you can register at the following website –
For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst, Penn State Extension 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 Penn State Extension office at 610-378-1327.
Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing
employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other