“Running for Local Office” Workshop 2021

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Allentown attorney and 2021 Municipal Primary candidate, Zachary Cohen, agreed with the quotes on this page during an interview with Marcie Lightwood that was broadcast on May 5.  Lightwood first interviewed Mary Erdman, co-chair of the “Running for Local Office” Workshop our local League put on earlier this year. You may click here to access the recording of the interview on the station’s website. After you reach the interview’s webpage, click on “Listen” to start the recording.  Recommended: use WDIY’s app. Click here to download the app.

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“For a first time candidate like myself this workshop was very informational and
in my pursuit of running for office. Thank you.”
-Van A. Scott, Sr., Candidate, Magisterial District Judge 31-1-06 West Bethlehem and Fountain Hill, Workshop 2021

The “Running for Local Office” Workshop is over.  We do not plan to hold another workshop this year.  Please contact us at email@lwvlehighcounty.org if you have any questions.  Thank you.

“I am running for the position for the first time. This workshop offered
valuable information and tips about running for office.  Thank you.”
-Carlos G. Rodriguez, Candidate, Lehigh County of Common Pleas Judge, Workshop 2021

The League of Women Voters of Lehigh County held its 10th biennial a “Running for Local Office” Workshop on Saturday, January 30, 2021.  It was the first workshop we have offered virtually.  We promoted the workshop to our members in our newsletter and to the public using social media.  Local media published our press release and letter to the editor.  The press release included quotes from attendees of our workshops in 2015 and 2019. The East Penn Press published an interview with the co-chairs.  We announced in a press release after the workshop that the total number of attendees was forty five, the average figure for our in-person workshops.  Many of the wonderful quotes posted on this page were included in the press release.

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, Supervisor of Upper Macungie Township, Workshop 2021

Are you thinking of running for local office?

“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, Northwestern Lehigh School District School Board, Workshop 2021

We thank the Speakers and Panelists RFLOW 2021 and planning committee members who made the workshop successful.

Candidate Essentials

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, Supervisor of Upper Macungie Township, Workshop 2021

–The Election Calendar 2021 section of our online Government Directory is divided into two parts.  Scroll down for the ELECTION CALENDAR FOR CANDIDATES. The ELECTION CALENDAR FOR VOTERS includes links to VotesPA Resource Center and the latest applications in English and Spanish.
–The Running for Office and Voter Office Information of the Lehigh County Government website
–The Campaign Finance Reporting Law available from the PA Department of State

“Running for office as a first time candidate can be confusing. This workshop was a terrific introduction to the process and procedures regarding campaigns.
–Timothy Kearney, Candidate, Southern Lehigh School Board, Workshop 2021

For information about the specific offices we will elect in the 2021 Municipal Election in the Lehigh Valley, click on these resources.
Lehigh County Government Directory
Northampton County Government Directory
LWV of Northampton County
Position Descriptions of Elected Offices in Lehigh County

Campaign Essentials

“The workshop also pointed me to people who were resources after the workshop ended.
I highly recommend it.”
–Timothy Kearney, Candidate, Southern Lehigh School Board, Workshop 2021

Voters Guides for the primary and general elections enable voters to plan ahead before entering the voting booth or completing their absentee or mail-in ballot.  Also included are descriptions of the positions candidates are running for and explanations of any decisions that will appear on the ballot.  Poll workers at polling places appreciate the guides, too! Below is information about our voters guide.  Scroll down further for actual voters guides from the last municipal primary and election in 2019.

If you run for office in Lehigh and Northampton counties, please respond to the invitation you receive from the local Leagues in those counties about participating in the upcoming Voters Guide.
–The printed Voters Guide is available due to a partnership between LWV and The Morning Call.  Candidates for races taking place in Lehigh County and Northampton County are included.

Many voters have told us that they tend to vote
for candidates who participate in the Voters Guide.

If you run for office in Lehigh County, you will receive a letter then an email from our local League including a link to a unique and personalized online questionnaire on VOTE411.  After we “publish” the candidates’ information, the VOTE411 website will be ready for voters to use.  (We also send this information to The Morning Call for the printed Voters Guide.)  Once voters input their home address, the website will bring them to their ballot and links to candidate bios.

VOTE411 is a dynamic website in English and Spanish VOTE411.org/es brought to you by The League of Women Voters Education Fund.
If you run for office in Northampton County, you can contact the local League about their procedures at lwvnorthco@yahoo.com or telephone 610-252-1339.

Information about the Municipal Primary and Election 2019 in Lehigh and Northampton Counties
Municipal Election 2019 in Lehigh County (scroll down to Recent Elections)
Voters Guide for Municipal Primary 2019
Voters Guide for Municipal Election 2019
Voters Guide Additions for Municipal Election 2019

Reminder: If you have additional questions contact the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office at 610-782-3194.

We hope we have helped you get started!  Good luck!
For further information, please contact us at
email@lwvlehighcounty.org (Input “RFLOW question” as the subject.) or call 610-432-1456.