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Training our future community leaders

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, @CatherineH_WFMZ, chawley@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 17 2012 04:43:00 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 17 2012 05:49:11 PM CST

Seminar held for those seeking office

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

They could be the future leaders of our community.  25 people came out for nearly five hours Saturday to get insight on running for local office.

"We're trying to make it easy for people to understand the elements of it," explained Ken Mohr with The League of Woman Votes.  "They come away they have a basic understanding of what needs to be done, what not to do, and then give them contacts with people that can help them on the details later on."

Presenters were on hand and folks in the crowd had the chance to ask questions and take notes.

"When you're actually jumping into it on your own, it's good to have that outline of what you need to do and when, and your timelines," shared Ron Beitler.

Organizers say the process can be complicated.  So they just want to give people the tools to make it easy.  For Beitler he found the information immensely helpful in his possible run for Township Commissioner.

"Fundraising, how do we essentially fill out your paper work so everything's legit and legal most importantly," he said.

The League of Woman Voters say they hold this biennial seminar to encourage good government.  Saturday was their seventh event.

"We always say good government begins with good people," added Mohr.   

Organizers say the biggest misconception from people attending the workshop is that they have to fund their own campaign.