Workshop explains how to run for office

Published 9:20 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2012

MILTON TOWNSHIP — When Robert Benjamin was encouraged to pursue the Milton Township’s supervisor position, he didn’t know the first thing about how to run for office.

“I had never run for office before,” Benjamin said. “I had to rely on other people to walk me through the process.”

When he won the supervisor post, one of his priorities was to help others understand local government and how to run for public office.

“I want to demystify running for office,” he said.

So Benjamin has organized a workshop, slated for March 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Milton Township Hall, 32097 Bertrand St. in Niles.

On hand will be Milton Township Clerk Eric Renken, Cass County Clerk Barbara Runyon, County Commissioner Robert Ziliak and representatives from the Cass County Democratic and Republican parties.

They will explain township and county government and the role of trustees, treasurers, clerks, supervisors, county commissioners and precinct delegates. The workshop will also cover the time commitments of the offices and the steps involved in running for the offices.

“Hopefully if we can demystify this, maybe other people will consider running or getting involved,” Benjamin said.

For more information on the workshop, contact Robert Benjamin at (269) 262-0111.