Monday, February 05, 2007

Learn How to Become a Northampton County Candidate This Thursday

I've got good news and bad news. First, the good news. Nazareth has a great blogger. The bad news? It's not me.

Ross Nunamaker has received accolades from Morning Call columnist Bill Rutherford White and Express Times editor Joe Owens. They both salute Ross' NewsOverCoffee blog. It's well-deserved praise. Ross dedicates hours daily to informing the Nazareth community about what is going on, and in detail. Newspapers must appeal to a much larger audience, and Ross supplies details you won't find in your daily. For someone who's had no training as a journalist, he's remarkably objective. Just the facts, ma'am.

Ross recently organized an event for folks considering a run at public office. I'll let him tell you about it.

To help people better understand how to become a candidate for local office, there will be a free, one hour, non-partisan program at the Nazareth News Agency, on Thursday, February 8 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

This will be a nuts and bolts discussion addressing what you have to do, when you have to do it, and what you can expect as a candidate and office holder. It will feature current office holder and party official panels and Q & A. This will not be a discussion of politics or issues, but instead it is intended to help people learn what to do to become a candidate for local office in the 2007 elections.

Program Agenda:

Welcome and Intro
Basic Steps - What the Elections Office wants you to know
Perspective of Current Office Holders - Panel
Cindy Werner, Borough Council
Jack Herbst, Borough Council
School Board members representing Borough invited
Role of the Party - Panel
Joe Long, Democratic Party Chairperson, Northampton County
Roy Shuman, Republican Party Chairperson, Northampton County
Wrap-up and Thank You

Information will be provided by the Northampton County Department of Voter Registration and Elections Office, candidates will help you understand what to expect, and the party officials will help you understand what role they can play for your campaign. Questions will be welcomed from the audience throughout.

If you want to learn more about how to become a candidate for local office and what to expect once you do, attend this event.
This little forum will take place right next to my palatial estate, located atop the Army Navy Store. I think Ill drop in and pretend I'm Joe Long.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bernie,
Great post. I just this weekend had a resident ask me what they needed to do to get on the ballot for City Council. Fortunately, I was able to help out. It is true, where the newpapers appeal to a broader audience, bloggers and their sites appeal to a more specific audience - those individuals who truly care about what is going on.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I'm sure Ross will be gratified by your kind words.

RossRN said...

Thanks Bernie and t.g.!

While I have some experience, I'm no expert on this, which is why I called in others and got information from the Elections office to walk through with people.

This should help take away some of the "fear of the unknown" that people have about running for office.

If it works, hopefully people will do the same in other communities and for future elections.

Best wishes and thanks again,

Ross