Time to consider running for officePublished 9:08am Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Anyone interested in running for local, elected office is encouraged to attend an informational seminar, organized through the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce.
Hosted by the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, the program will provide a well-rounded look at what to expect if you run for elected office. Officials from the city, county and school district will provide an overview of offices open for election, how to file for those offices and what to expect once elected. Current office holders (not up for re-election) will share their perspectives on campaigning, as well as how they balance personal, professional and elected responsibilities. And, media professionals will share their plans for pre-election coverage and provide tips on how to effectively work with reporters and other media representatives.
Presenters include Lucy Johnson, City Clerk, Doug Groh, Mower County Auditor/Treasurer, Sue Hanson, school district No. 492 business office, John Wright, KAUS AM/FM Radio, Dave Churchill, Austin Daily Herald Publisher, Tony Bennett, Mower County Commissioner, Judy Enright, City Council, and Jeff Kritzer, Austin School Board.
A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Even if you’re undecided, or maybe especially if you’re undecided, this seminar is a good idea.
The seminar is 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at the City Council Chambers (500 Fourth Ave. NE).
The filing period for local elected offices this year is May 22-June 5. Three seats on the Austin School Board, two seats on the Mower County Board of Commissioners and five seats on the Austin City Council, including Mayor, are up for election on Nov. 6. All are four year terms.
The seminar is free as a public service by the Chamber and is co-sponsored by KAUS AM/FM Radio and the Austin Daily Herald. Materials will be provided. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Call the Chamber at 507-437-4561 to pre-register or for more information.
Anyone still thinking about joining one of the 10 Vision 2020 project committees should do so. Most committees are looking for more members, and since they’ve only had one introductory meeting, you haven’t missed much.
To join, contact the Chamber at 507-437-4561 or visit vision2020austin.com.