Cortland workshop to offer guidance on running for public office

The Cortland County Courthouse

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Voter turnout is crucial in every election. In Cortland County, we saw November 2017 races where as few as four votes determined the winner.

On Saturday, March 24, the Cortland League of Women Voters is sponsoring a forum to hear from Republicans and Democrats on how to volunteer for a campaign or run for office.

As a good citizen, you follow the campaigns, select a candidate, and show up to vote in local, state, and national elections. Maybe you’re not happy with your current choices. Perhaps you are ready to get more involved. You think about running. But how? Where do you begin?

In this Making Democracy Work event, Republican Committee Chair Connie White and Democratic Committee Chair Tim Perfetti will walk you through the process of running for office at the local level. For those who choose not to run but are eager to help in other ways, they will also discuss the many options for you to participate as a volunteer with local, state, and national election campaigns.

In addition, we will hear from two new Cortland County legislators, Michael Barylski (D, LD 12) and Ann Homer (R, LD 7), who won office in November 2017 despite tough political odds. They will offer unique “from the trenches” perspectives on their decision to run, problems and surprises they encountered, and strategies they found useful on the road to victory.

All are welcome.

How to Run for Elected Office or Volunteer for a Campaign
Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Cortland Community Center (former train station)
90 Central Ave., Cortland, NY 13045
Making Democracy Work® event sponsored by LWV of Cortland County

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.