Civic Education Series Continues

Civic Education Series continues at Fisherman’s Hall on Wednesday, January 24

A non-partisan, non-political civic education forum focusing on the many important roles that Jefferson County’s elected public officials play in our community will be held at 7:00 PM at Fisherman’s Hall in Charles Town, WV on the evening of January 24, 2018. Neal Barkus, Esq. will moderate the information-based forum, which will include several Jefferson County officials – a magistrate, circuit & family court judges, the prosecuting attorney, and the sheriff. The panelists will discus the duties and responsibilities of their offices rather than specific political issues and participate in a Q&A session. The program is free and open to the public.

The forum is the first 2018 event in the ongoing civic education series that launched last fall with several successful events at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education. The series was developed through the cooperative efforts of the Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning program, the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, the Jefferson County Branch of the NAACP, the Republican Party of Jefferson County, the Libertarian Party of West Virginia, and the Mountain Party (the WV affiliate of the U.S. Green Party).

“The success of the fall events revealed that interest in basic civic education is on the rise, especially at the state and federal level,” said Ray Smock, current director of the Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education and former Historian at the U.S. House of Representatives, “with this event, we wanted to shift the focus to provide an opportunity for Jefferson County residents to learn more about how their local government functions and the duties their local elected officials are tasked with in a friendly, informative, and non-partisan environment.”

A second forum focusing on Jefferson County’s administrative officials is being planned for March.

Fisherman’s Hall is located at 321 SW Street, Charles Town, WV.

About the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education: The mission of the Robert C. Byrd Center is to advance representative democracy by promoting a better understanding of the United States Congress and the Constitution through programs and research that engage citizens in the history of Congress. The Center is the home of the Robert C. Byrd Archive containing the papers and records of the Senator’s long career. More can be found at