July 1, 2016

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Workshop to address running for public office

LAFAYETTE TWP. — The University of Akron’s Medina County University Center is hosting a series of workshops designed to teach residents the ins and outs of running for public office, such as for the local school board or township trustee.

Medina County Commissioner Steve Hambley, one of the workshop speakers, said the focus will be nonpartisan.

“Candidate schools are somewhat common, usually they’re partisan,” he said.

The candidate application deadline for the November election is Aug. 7.

This is the first time the University Center will host workshops for candidates, although the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce has conducted similar workshops in previous years, Hambley said.

The first workshop, “Researching the Office You Are Seeking,” is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

During this workshop, Hambley will ask participants to consider why they are running; county Auditor Mike Kovack will talk about the public budget and finance; county Prosecutor Dean Holman will speak about the duties of the office, legal and ethical obligations and public records; and county Board of Elections Director Carol Lawler and Deputy Director Carol Gurney will review the petition process and the responsibilities of candidates.

The second workshop, “Election Laws,” will be 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 and the third workshop will deal with “The Campaign.” It will conducted over two days: Aug. 29 and Sept. 5.

The first two workshops cost $29 and the third one is $49. The price is $89 for all three.

To sign up, call (330) 721-2210 or visit www.uakron.edu/mcuc.

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