People interested in running for local office will learn all the facets of being a municipal official at a workshop offered in February.

Penn State Extension is holding a Toss Your Hat in the Ring program out of concern that municipalities aren't getting enough candidates to fill positions.

In other cases, people are being approached to serve without knowing what being a local government official is like, said Judy Chambers of Extension.

"There's an awful lot of municipalities that simply don't have enough candidates," Chambers said.

That leads to disenfranchised voters because those empty spots get filled by appointment, she said.

In response, the Extension and the York County Office of Elections and Voter Registration are presenting the program in hopes it gives people more confidence to run by telling them all there is to know.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Carroll Township Municipal Building and Feb. 11 at the Rose Fire Co. in New Freedom.

Those who come will get an overview of roles and responsibilities for a township supervisor, a borough council member and a school board director; instructions on how to run for office and filing for petitions; and a discussion with local elected officials on their experiences.

Nikki Suchanic, the county director of elections, will be on hand as well to answer questions.

The workshop is solely on how to run for office and the responsibilities thereafter, not how to win a campaign.

Registration is needed and costs $25. To register, visit http://agsci.psu.edu/local-government/dillsburg or http://agsci.psu.edu/local-government/new-freedom, or call 334-6271.

-- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com