Ever thought about running for public office but the red tape scared you off?

An upcoming workshop is designed to conquer those fears.

A “Toss Your Hat in the Ring” seminar will be held to answer questions would-be public officials might have.

The workshop will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Cambria County Manor Drive meeting room, 499 Manor Drive, Ebensburg.

Future public servants will learn how government bodies function, rules governing signatures on petitions, the correct way to file a financial report and other important steps in the process.

“I think it’s so important to get people to this kind of workshop,” said David Knepper, a Cambria County resident and consultant for the event. “I think this is just terrific to get more interest.”

 John Turack, an economic and community development educator with the Penn State Extension service, will conduct the workshop. He described the class as “Local Government 101.”

“This gives them an idea what the jobs, the positions, the services entail,” he told our Dave Sutor.

A question-and-answer session with local officials – who will offer advice based on their public careers – will wrap up the seminar.

The class is a great opportunity for those who believe

they have something to offer their communities and our region.

And they can pick the brain of current public servants to gather valuable insight regarding holding office.

The cost is $25 per person, and a snow date has been set for Feb. 4.

If you want to serve the public, reserve your seat at the table. Register at extension.psu.edu/community/ecd/courses/toss-your-hat-in-the-ring.

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