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Thinking of running for a local office?


On Sunday, Feb. 10, nine days prior to the first day to circulate and file nomination petitions, experienced and successful panelists who have won elections will share their expertise at the seminar “How to Run for Local Elected Office.”

The free, nonpartisan seminar, open to all, will be held at The Free Library of Northampton Township, 25 Upper Holland Road in Richboro. This seminar has been offered since 1989 and has seen many attendees go on to successfully win their office.

The Bucks County Chapter of the Women’s Political Network (WPN) provides the training, which is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Bucks County (LWVBC) and the Levittown – Lower Bucks branch of the American Association of University Women.

The panel will be moderated by seminar developer Kathleen Horwatt, who is a past WPN president, and LWVBC member, and is serving in her 35th year as Langhorne Borough councilperson.

Panelists include: Isabel Godwin, former mayor, county commissioner and state representative candidate; Karen Wilson, past director of the Bristol Township School Board; and Mary K. Smithson, Bucks County clerk of courts.

Bucks County Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia will be a featured speaker. Topics to be addressed include campaign strategies, financing campaigns, reaching voters, petitions, forms and filing dates.

Anyone considering a run for local office, such as borough council, township supervisor, school director and county office, will find this seminar helpful ahead of the May 21, Municipal Primary. No pre-registration is necessary.

In the event of inclement weather, the program will be re-scheduled to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Langhorne Branch, Bucks County Free Library.