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How To Run For Committee Person Manual

How To Run For Committee Person Manual

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Published by committeeofseventy
This manual details how citizens can get involved in the political process in Philadelphia by running for committee person.
This manual details how citizens can get involved in the political process in Philadelphia by running for committee person.

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Published by: committeeofseventy on Jan 21, 2010
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How to Run forCommittee Person:
A Campaign Manual forPhiladelphia Candidates
How to Run
A Continuing Series 
January 2010 
Table of Contents
About the Committee of Seventy 3Introduction How to Use this Manual 4Chapter 1 Philadelphia’s Political Structure 5Chapter 2 About the Job 7
Responsibilities 7Qualifications 9
Chapter 3 – Running for Committee Person
 Nomination Petitions 12Deadlines 12Signatures 14Circulator’s and Candidate’s Affidavits 15Running a Write-in Campaign 16
Chapter 4 After You File 18
Objections 18
Conclusion 20Resources 21
Philadelphia 21Pennsylvania 21Philadelphia Region 22Candidate Check List 23Philadelphia Ward Map 24Democratic Ward Leaders 25Republican Ward Leaders 26
This manual was prepared by Leah Pillsbury, Director of Civic Programs. Special thanks Committee of Seventy staff and Drexel Coop intern Addison Davis for their help.
About the Committee of Seventy:
THE COMMITTEE OF SEVENTY has been called a “government watchdog,” “theelections people” and a “think tank.” In fact, we are all of these and much more.Established in 1904 for the express purpose of combating corruption in Philadelphia,Seventy now focuses on fighting for more effective and efficient government, fairelections and an honest political culture.A 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan group headed by many of the region’s mostrespected business, legal and civic leaders, we strive to be our region’s CATALYSTFOR TRUE REFORM. Our goal is to use our voice and our influence to provoke realchange.We raise public awareness about complex issues, in language non-experts can relateto. We are willing to take the lead on tough issues or collaborate with like-mindedorganizations, make noise to call attention to opportunities for reform or work quietlybehind the scenes. Our goal is not just good government for its own sake, butfundamental change that will attract more residents and jobs.Seventy’s drive to improve government takes many forms – including educating citizensthrough our
Roadmap to Reform 
series, our comprehensive website, and our annualCitizen’s Guide, as well as encouraging well-qualified candidates to run for office. Wehope that you find this manual to be a useful and informative first step in your ownpublic service journey.

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