Bipartisan Group Encourages Residents to Run for Office

“You don’t have to have political experience. You just have to have the will to help your community,” said Gettysburg resident and borough council member Matt Moon as he described his entry into politics last year.

Moon spoke this week at an online, bipartisan, meeting of elected officials and interested citizens sponsored by the local advocacy group Gettysburg Rising.

Meeting attendees emphasized there are plenty of opportunities for people to get their feet wet in public office this year, as all tax collectors, judges of elections, election inspectors, and auditors are up for reelection.

And there are many open seats on borough and school boards across the county.

The complete list of vacancies will be available from the county elections office early in February, and interested candidates can pick up a packet of information to get started.

“People should look at the whole list [of vacancies’]. None of these are glamorous positions, but they’re important positions,” said Gettysburg resident and Adams County Commissioner Mary Qually. “At the local level candidates for most races only need 10 signatures to get on the ballot.”

“I had zero political experience when I ran for the school board,” said Gettysburg Area School District board member Kathleen Pratt. “It’s really easy to do.”  Pratt encouraged candidates for school board to cross-file as both Democrats and Republicans and to “get more signatures than you think you need.”

Saying she works at a demanding job at HACC while juggling the demands of a family with children, Pratt said the time commitment of being a school board member was not unreasonable. “It was all manageable. It’s a duty; it’s an obligation,” said Pratt.

Candidates are encouraged to talk with members of their party’s local election committee to assure coordination.

A change this year is that straight party voting is not allowed which will likely shake up party strategies.

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  • As to the post about running for local political offices, I am descended from an illustrious political and military family as such I was raised and educated to be a public servant in public office and would like nothing more than to serve Gettysburg and Adams County in that capacity.
    But as I am not a native of the are but a transplanted native of the Philadelphia area who relocated to this are 15 years ago I have never felt welcome and have been told numerous times in all 25 years that the people here look out for their own natives and don’t like outsiders which I am still treated as after all this time especially by the Adams County Housing Authority, Pennsylvania Interfaith Community Programs and Turning Point all of which are the same entity and have engaged in harassment and discrimination against me during that entire time which my ex-wife grew weary of and wanted to divorce therefore the County’s Housing Authority destroyed my marriage in their resentment to non natives.
    I would love to serve Gettysburg and Adams County but I will not serve those who don’t want me around the area just because I was not born and raised here and therefore not considered worthy to be here.

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