Every two years the League offers a half-day “Running for Local Office” workshop to train prospective candidates for public office. The workshop includes information on preparing yourself to be a candidate, working with the press, working with your political party, completing necessary paperwork and running a successful campaign. A handbook full of helpful details is also provided.
Our most recent workshop was a virtual event held on January 30, 2021. The East Penn Press published an interview with the workshop co-chairs. The next workshop will be scheduled for late January 2023. The date will be posted when available, along with a link to register for the workshop.
PRAISE FOR THE 2021 WORKSHOP
“As a first-time candidate running for office, I needed a way to quickly come up to speed with the election process. The “Running for Local Office” Workshop is practically a prerequisite for someone needing to learn how to proceed.”SUNNY GHAI, CANDIDATE FOR SUPERVISOR OF UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP, 2021 WORKSHOP
“Of all the things I have done over Zoom this past year, this was by far the most enjoyable and informative! The speakers were well chosen and each brought something different to the table. From the packet sent out beforehand to the very well organized workshop, this was a great way to learn what to expect when running for office!”BECKY HITE, CANDIDATE FOR NORTHWESTERN LEHIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD, 2021 WORKSHOP
“Not only did I find the information invaluable, but the virtual workshop ended up being a great networking opportunity. I highly recommend attending the workshop if you are interested in running for local office.SUNNY GHAI, CANDIDATE FOR SUPERVISOR OF UPPER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP, 2021 WORKSHOP
2021 WORKSHOP TOPICS AND SPEAKERS
“Prepare Yourself to be a Candidate”
- Ken Mohr, Keynote Speaker
“Working with the Press”
- Peter J. Leffler, Senior Content Editor, Politics and PA Issues, Morning Call (retired)
“Working with Your Political Party”
- Ed Hozza, Chair of the Lehigh County Democratic Committee
- Glenn Eckhart, Chair of the Lehigh County Republican Committee
- Tim Benyo, Chief Clerk of the Lehigh County Board of Elections
“Running a Successful Campaign”
- Candida Affa (D), Allentown City Council
- Jeffrey Dimmig (R), School Director of the Southern Lehigh School District
- Dan Harzell (D), Lehigh County Commissioner
- Kathy Rader (R), Supervisor of Upper Macungie Township
We thank the 2021 workshop speakers and panelists who made the workshop successful.
WDIY NEWS EXCLUSIVE
Primary Elections with LWV’s Mary Erdman and Attorney Zachary Cohen
Marcie Lightwood interviewed Mary Erdman, co-chair of the 2021 “Running for Local Office” Workshop and Zachary Cohen, a workshop attendee and candidate for Lehigh County Judge in the Court of Common Pleas. The interview aired on May 5, 2021.
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