Running for Local Office Workshop 2019

 To many, running for local office can be a daunting task. In order to assist local candidates through this complex process, the League of Women Voters of Lehigh County conducted their 9th biennial “Running for Local Office Workshop” on January 26 at DeSales University. Local experts presented topics including campaign strategy and timeline, campaign management and planning, campaign tactics, campaign finance, using a campaign website and social media and working effectively with volunteers. Thirty-three attendees received a binder containing written information and the forms necessary to run a successful campaign for local office in Pennsylvania in 2019.

8:00 a.m. Registration; Continental Breakfast

Arrangements for holding this year’s workshop at DeSales University were coordinated by Dr. Kellen Gracey of the Political Science Department, with student volunteers.  Dining services provided refreshments.

8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction of Speakers
Dr. Kellen Gracey, DeSales University, Political Science Department

         8:40 a.m. “Prepare Yourself to be a Candidate” Phillips Armstrong, Lehigh County Executive

8:55 a.m. “Working with the Press”
Pete Leffler, Senior Content Editor, Politics and PA Issues, The Morning Call

9:15 a.m. “Working with Your Political Party”
Left to right: Facilitator Ken Mohr introduced Giovanni Landi, Chair for the Lehigh County Republican Committee and Ed Hozza, Lehigh County Democratic Committee.

9:35 a.m. Break; refreshments and informal discussions

10:00 a.m.

“The Paperwork”
Tim Benyo, Chief Clerk, Lehigh County Board of Elections

11:00 a.m. Q/A on Paperwork

11:15 a.m. “Running a Successful Campaign”

Members of a panel facilitated by Ken Mohr included, from left to right, Nathan Brown, Lehigh County Commissioner; Julio Guridy, Vice-President, Allentown City Council; Ken Mohr, Facilitator; Marie Maritch, Parkland School Director; and, Joyce Moore, Upper Milford Township Supervisor, have experienced campaigning successfully in different types of local elections.
Topics included:
-Campaign Strategy and Timeline
-Campaign Management and Planning
-Campaign Tactics
-Campaign Finance
-Using a Campaign Website and Social Media
-Working Effectively with Volunteers

 Arrangements for holding this year’s workshop at DeSales University were coordinated by Dr. Kellen Gracey of the Political Science Department, with student volunteers.