With 2008 elections barely over, the Local Government Academy says it's not too early for people interested in politics and public service to look into the process of running for office. Starting in January, "Contemplating Governing", a new program, will be offered in Greentree, Butler Township, and Greensburg.
2009 is a local election year; candidates can start circulating and filing their nominating petitions on February 17th for the May primary election. Executive Director Susan Hockenberry says for 25 years the Local Government Academy has helped newly elected officials transition from candidates to public servants, but the new program will target potential candidates.
Participants should not expect advice on campaigning, though, because the academy, which serves the 10-county region of Southwestern Pennsylvania, is non-partisan.