Guest blog by Senator Roy Afflerbach, Ret.
On January 15th I wrote about the value of a local municipal office as a public platform from which to advocate. I also noted that many municipal offices go uncontested and therefore offer unique opportunities for the dedicated animal advocate to win election to offices such as borough council, township supervisor, auditor or school director.
It is neither difficult nor expensive to wage a local campaign for many municipal offices. A good primer for campaigning for office can be found here on the state website. Although you may want to enlist a few friends to help you obtain signatures on nominating petitions, and to carry your message forward, for a low-budget local office it is not necessary to go through the process of establishing a formal campaign committee. You will, however, need to file spending reports. If the amount is less than $250 per reporting period – and it is usually less than that for the entire campaign for smaller offices – you need only file a notarized statement to that effect.
The first day to circulate nominating petitions to place your name on the municipal ballot is February 17th and the final day to file those petitions is March 10th. As I wrote two weeks ago, your county elections/voter registration office can provide you with a list of the offices that are open for election this year and can provide you with the petitions and with a list of the registered voters who live in the municipality where you wish to be a candidate.
If you wish to advocate on the host of animal issues that arise within a municipality, and to do so from the inside of government on an official public platform, now is the time to make that decision! Choose the office, obtain nominating petitions and, on February 17th , begin gathering signatures from registered voters of the party in which you are registered to place your name on the ballot as their candidate for the May 17th Primary Election!
Part two of a three part series by Senator Roy Afflerbach, Ret.