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Lackawanna County

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas

Andrew J. Jarbola, III (D/R)

County Commissioners

(Vote for not more than two)

Jerry Notarianni (D)

Patrick O’Malley (D)

William T. Jones, II (R)

Laureen A. Cummings (R)

Clerk of Judicial Records

Mauri Kelly (D/R)

County Controller

Gary A. DiBileo (D)

County Treasurer

Edward W. Karpovich (D)

County Coroner

Tim Rowland (D/R)

Magisterial District Judges

District 45-3-01

Paul Keeler (D/R)

District 45-3-03

Sean P. McGraw (D/R)

School directors Carbondale Area Region 1

(Vote for not more than two)

Joseph Totsky (D/R)

Nancy Mark (D/R)

Region 2

Gary Smedley (D/R)

Region 3

(Vote for not more than two)

Thomas J. Cerra (D/R)

Joseph F. Caviston (D/R)

Lakeland Region 1

(Vote for not more than two)

Thomas Walsh (D/R)

Hank Stachura (D/R)

Region 2

John Yanochik (D/R)

Region 3

( Four-year term: vote for not more than two)

Casey Patuk (D/R)

Stanley Stracham, III (D/R)

Region 3

(Special electon: two-year unexpired term)

Gregory Kopa (D)

Tina Marie Muncie (R)

Mid Valley Region 1

Paul J. Macknosky, III (D/R)

Region 2

(Vote for not more than three)

Gerald Luchansky (D/R)

Donna Dixon (D/R)

Pete Kolcharno (D/R)

Region 3

Dan Lane (D/R)

Valley View

Region 1

James M. Addley (D)

Kevin O’Shea (R)

Region 2

(Vote for not more than two)

Joseph J. Koniszewski (D/R)

Anthony J. Calvario (D)

Chris Smith (R)

Region 3

(Vote for not more than two)

Curt Camoni (D/R)

William Shanley (D)

ARCHBALD Council

(Vote for not more than four)

Thomas Mancuso (D)

Randy P. Grandinetti (D)

Erin Owen (D)

Daniel Hart (D)

BLAKELY Controller

Edward J. Alco (D)

Council

(Vote for not more than four)

Michael J. Henzes (D)

Patrick S. Zwanch (D/R)

Joseph F. Ercolani, Jr. (D/R)

Kevin M. Swift (D)

Constable

Marlene C. Evans (D)

Constable

Joseph J. Cirba (D)

CARBONDALE Mayor

Justin Taylor (D)

Council

(Four-year term: vote for not more than three)

Joseph P. Connor (D)

Joseph Doc Marzzacco (D)

Gerald Arnese (D)

Council

(Two-year term: vote for not more than two)

Tom Voglino (D)

Walter Martzen (D)

CARBONDALE TOWNSHIP Supervisor

Frank R. Lapka (D)

Auditor

Sherri Burke (R)

Constable

John M. Davies (D)

DICKSON CITY Council

(Vote for not more than four)

John Horvath (D)

Jeffrey R. Kovaleski (D)

Georgia Adamitis (D/R)

Paul Kwiec (D/R)

Michael Fedorka (R)

Laurie Narcoonis Kaszuba (R)

JERMYN Council

(Vote for not more than five)

Joseph R. Smith (D)

Daniel Markey (D/R)

Jo Anne T. Wilson (R)

Catherine C. Hosie (R)

JESSUP Council

(Vote for not more than three)

Randy Santarelli (D)

Lorraine Vagnarelli Stevens (D)

Kevin Gordon (D/R)

Tony Wrightson (R)

Gerald J. Crinella (R)

Constable

Samuel J. DeLeo, Jr. (D)

Constable

Marc Vanston (D)

Constable

Joe Kozuch (D/R)

MAYFIELD Council

(Vote for not more than four)

Alan J. Kopa (D/R)

Thomas K. Gallagher (D)

Ron Ryczak (D/R)

Kristy Ryczak (D)

OLYPHANT Council

(Four-year term: vote for not more than four)

Robert E. Hudak (D/R)

Michael A. Abda (D/R)

Christine Powell (D/R)

Dina Harrington (D/R)

Council

(Special election: two-year unexpired term)

James Baldan (D)

Lauren Telep (R)

SCOTT TOWNSHIP Supervisor

Steven Russell (D)

Michael A. Giannetta (R)

Auditor

Scott F. Weinschenk (D)

Lester H. Clark (R)

THROOP Council

(Vote for not more than three)

Robert Bob Magliocchi (D)

David Repchick (D)

Charlene DePasquale

Tomasovitch (D)

Constable

Erick Siegfried (D)

VANDLING Council

(Four-year term: vote for not more than four)

Patrick Sherry (D)

William Boyle (D)

John F. Mayers (D)

Francis Pantzar (R)

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Lackwanna County

Laureen A. Cummings County Commissioner

I am an endorsed Republican candidate for Lackawanna County Commissioner. I’m running with my teammate Bill Jones. I am a graduate of Riverside Jr./Sr. High School and Lackawanna County Vocational Technical School, where I earned a degree as a licensed practical nurse. I serve as president/CEO of Lorimar Home Care, a small business I have owned and operated for more than 16 years. I have been an active community leader and serve as the GOP chairwoman of the 114th legislative district of Lackawanna County and president of the Margery Scranton Council of Republican Women. I am a mom of four adult children and have four grandchildren. I chose to run for Lackawanna County Commissioner after watching countless homeowners lose their homes to taxes Enough is enough. It is time to restore the citizens’ voice and trust in county government, to create a climate that encourages business growth and job opportunities, and to lower the tax burden for our fellow citizens. Bill Jones and I will work to achieve that as your county commissioners. We are not afraid to do what needs to be done to reduce taxes and improve the county’s credit rating by eliminating our debt. We choose to run because we are regular people who are tired of arrogant politicians making promises while doing little to help the citizens of this county. Join us in changing the course of our county to one of economic growth, more jobs and lower taxes. With common sense solutions and transparency in government we will make it happen. I ask for your support and your vote on November 3rd.

Bill Jones County Commissioner

I am a candidate for Lackawanna County Commissioner. I’m running for commissioner to restore the people’s voice to county government. In 2007, I was elected to serve as Auditor of South Abington Township and have served as Auditor for the past seven years. Additionally, I’ve had the opportunity to work in the energy industry as a Public Affairs specialist with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. As a public affairs specialist, I’ve had the opportunity to represent TGP in the northeastern United States. Currently, I work in a public affairs firm as an associate, where I provide public affairs expertise to several of the firm’s clients. My parents are Attorney Bill Jones and Margaret Billings-Jones. I have four brothers, Dr. Russell Jones, Pa. State Police Cpl. Dan Jones, Attorney Steven Jones, and Evan Jones. I’m an Abington Heights High School graduate and a proud Pennsylvania State University graduate. I chose to run for commissioner to restore the citizens’ voice and trust in county government. I will work to reduce the county taxes by cutting wasteful spending, and will work to create a climate to encourage business growth and job opportunities in our great county. I am committed to getting Lackawanna County a better credit rating by working to eliminate the $200 million debt our county owes to creditors. I will give a full-time commitment to all the people of the county and value the trust you place in me. I ask for your vote on November 3rd. Thank you for your consideration.

Jerry Notarianni County Commissioner

I am a Lackawanna County businessman with the experience and knowledge to run a more responsive and efficient county government. As a businessperson working hard every day to create and retain jobs, make payroll and balance my budget, I know firsthand how challenging our county tax structure is. Ending the skyrocketing taxes is my No. 1 concern. I have a three-point tax-stabilization plan that I will work to execute from day one. We need property tax relief now. We need sound county revenue enhancements. We need better jobs through real workforce development. I will fight for the maximum level of property tax relief for Lackawanna County property owners. I will work with the governor’s office and our leaders in the General Assembly to get the relief Lackawanna County property owners deserve. As an independent businessman, I know you have to raise revenue in creative and fiscally responsible ways. Every dollar counts. We need to be creative and smart about our economy. In Lackawanna County, we are well-known for our excellent workforce and our strong work ethic. Economic development depends on effective workforce development. We need to train our workforce with the technical skills to attract the best companies that provide the best jobs. My record as an independent business person and civic volunteer makes me uniquely qualified to be the well-rounded leader our county government needs to reach its fullest potential. Thank you.

Patrick O’Malley County Commissioner

I became a Lackawanna County Commissioner in 2012. I am running for re-election on the Democratic ticket with Jerry Notarianni. During my first term in office, I fulfilled my 2011 campaign promises by taking the county budget from a $1.8 million budget deficit to an $11.2 million budget surplus, and making county government the most efficient it has been in decades. During my first term, the county opened an Office of Economic Development and established a nationally recognized Small Business Administration loan fee-waiver program to help small businesses set up shop in Lackawanna County. The county also built a brand-new stadium and rescued its baseball franchise by negotiating a deal with the New York Yankees, which ensures that the stadium will be kept in the same condition as the day it opened for 30 years. Finally, the county invested more than $5 million in more than 60 community projects countywide. A lifelong resident of Scranton, I am a graduate of West Scranton High School. I served three four-year terms on the Scranton School Board, during which I was instrumental in the construction of the new Scranton High School. I have served as assistant director of the Lackawanna County Department of Parks and Recreation, worked as a corrections officer at the Lackawanna County Prison and managed my family’s business, Fiorelli Catering. I have been active in numerous community events and charitable causes. I live in Scranton with my wife, Christine, and our sons, Patrick III and Vincent.

Mid Valley School District — Region 2

Donna M. Dixon Director

I had the privilege of serving 35 years as a Mid Valley teacher and administrator. I hold a bachelor of arts degree from Marywood University, a masters in elementary administration from the University of Scranton, and post graduate work at Penn State University. I am ready to represent Olyphant as a Mid Valley School Board Director for a second term. I am a strong proponent of public education and I am aware of the severity of the challenges that face our district and community. Our district is suffering. We are still waiting for the state reimbursement for our building project. Those monies would be a major component in settling our teacher/support staff contracts. A settled contract is a necessary benefit for our teachers, support staff and especially for our children. Our district also faces escalating health and benefit costs, mounting pension commitments, as well as increased bond obligations. Mid Valley School District and all Pennsylvania school districts anxiously await a state budget for reimbursement of basic school expenses and escalating health and drug costs. These numbers figure significantly in the preparation of our own budget. The taxpayers of MVSD are feeling the impact of past mistakes and lack of foresight affecting the financial health of our district. Past state budgets have shifted much of the financing of education onto the residents of our district. I will work diligently to find solutions that will benefit our teachers, taxpayers and most of all our children.

Peter Kolcharno Director

I am a lifelong resident of Olyphant. I am a graduate of Olyphant High School and Johnson School. I served in the U. S. Army from 1967 to 1969. I have been a self-employed building contractor since 1972. Presently I am semi-retired. I served 12 years on Olyphant council. I was also active as a coach with Olyphant Girls Softball League for five years. I currently hold a seat on the Mid Valley School Board and Career Technology Center as a Mid Valley representative. I am seeking a second term as a Mid Valley School Director. The reason I seek a second term is because I think Mid Valley School District has turned the corner on past practices. Currently all sitting board members have not received a job from a relative or a friend, which is something that shows a definite change for the better. Currently the financial situation in the district is dire and board members who have a hidden agenda should not be allowed. Hard medicine is going have to be prescribed. The days of self-serving politicians cannot be handled by the current tax structure.

Gerald J. Luchansky Director

I would like to thank the residents of Olyphant for having allowed me to serve on the Board of Directors of the Mid Valley School District for the past four years.

My 35 years of experience with the school district as a teacher, guidance counselor, high school vice principal, high school principal and elementary principal have given me the proper perspective to make the decisions that will benefit the children of our district.

Coming onto the Board four years ago, we inherited a nearly $1 million deficit and the prospect of having to contend with rising pension contributions. We were able to curb wasteful spending while still being able to provide strong academic programs and not have to eliminate staff positions.

Our most pressing goal now is to resolve two labor contracts. Both our teachers and support staff personnel have been working too long under expired contracts. Additionally, our Act 93 Administrators also have an expired agreement.

To resolve these issues, we must work cooperatively to eliminate the financial deficit and build up a healthy fund balance while not hurting our children and being fair to all district employees. Our business office consultants have recently steered us toward fiscal responsibility by introducing innovative ways to create recurring revenue through reverse tax assessments and refinancing debt.

I ask for your support in the election so that we can continue to promote Spartan Pride while also being fair to the citizens of our communities who pay for this through their property taxes.

Valley View School District — Region 1

James Addley Director

I am a candidate for Valley View School Board Region 1, which encompasses Archbald, Eynon, Sturges and Nebraska. I am a lifelong resident of Archbald Borough and reside in Eynon with my wife the former Nancy Grabin, son Jamie, daughter-in-law Susan and granddaughters Elizabeth and Andrea. I am retired from the CP Railway System and a union member of UTU Local 299. I am a member of Christ the King Parish and have served on the annual picnic committee. I am seeking the position of board director because I understand and have an open mind to balance the needs of the educational process and concerns of property taxpayers. I will actively monitor the restoration of educational funding to the state budget, review and update the district safety procedures and security cameras. We must emphasize the STEM education initiative. Future development in the district must be monitored to address enrollment increases vs. class sizes. I have eight years of experience as a school board member. During that tenure, I supported the Property Tax Reform Homestead Act to reduce property taxes, a full-day kindergarten program before state mandates, the Senior Citizen Tax Rebate Program, the Classrooms for the Future Project and the revitalization of the sports complexes. I feel an effective board member must create an atmosphere of public trust for the benefit of the students, administration and taxpayers. I will always remain accessible to the administration and taxpayers of the district.

Kevin O’Shea Director

In 2012, my oldest daughter, Lilly, was about to start her academic career. I began to focus on things that I could do to enhance her educational experience. Since then, I have worked hard to make our district and surrounding area a better place for the children of Valley View. From field trips to fund raisers, I am actively involved in numerous organizations, school functions and community projects. Just like you, I want what is best for my children. As a director, I promise to be your voice. I will be an advocate for the parents and students, as well as the taxpayers. With three young children of my own, I have a long-term investment in Valley View. I pledge to think outside the box and create new ways to bring revenue into the district in order to avoid cuts to programs and personnel. Being a union employee of another school district, I can offer a unique perspective on day-to-day operations. I also believe my union experience will help in fair contract negotiations. As a board member, I would like to see a complete upgrade of technology district-wide, promote our creative arts programs and implement a full-time pre-k program. Most importantly, I will maintain the safety of our schools by keeping a resource officer in every building. I am a new face, I have new ideas, and I want to lead our district in a new direction. On November 3, I humbly ask for your vote.

Valley View School District — Region 2

Anthony J. Calvario Director

I am a candidate for the Blakely Borough Democratic and Republican nominations for the Valley View School Board. I humbly ask the residents of Blakely Borough for their vote on election day. I am a property owner and lifelong resident of Blakely Borough. I am married to the former Corinne Wyberski and I am the father of Anthony Calvario Jr., a Valley View High School and Marywood University graduate. I am also a 1974 Valley View High School graduate and I am a lifelong resident of Blakely Borough. Additionally, I am a lifelong member of Queen of Angels Parish, formerly St. Mary’s. I was awarded a bachelor of science degree from the University of Scranton in operations management and an associates degree from Johnson School of Technology. I am employed as a project engineer at Lockheed Martin. I was previously honored by the voters of Blakely Borough to serve on the Valley View School Board from 2004 to 2007. I feel my professional and educational background combined with my previous experience on the Valley View School Board qualify me for the position of school director. My goals as your school director will always be to improve the quality of education for our students and to ensure fiscal responsibility for the Valley View School District and the taxpayers of Blakely Borough.

Joseph J. Koniszewski Director

I truly care about the students, teachers, administrators and community of Valley View School District and want to do whatever I can to provide the highest-quality education and experience for our children. My three children are Valley View students. I support academics, the arts, and athletics and want to ensure a safe place for our children to go to school. As school directors, we need to respect others, treat people fairly and expect a high level of performance from our staff and students. We need to prepare our children to compete in a fast-paced, ever-changing world by teaching them good values, good habits and the latest curriculum. We need to provide opportunities and challenges for our students both within and outside the classroom. We need to balance this with treating our staff fairly and with respect, and keeping our community in mind during these difficult economic times. We all need to work together for the greater good to be the best school district we can be. In these difficult financial times, we need people who are innovative, creative and responsible. I believe that with my educational and professional experience, I’m the best candidate to make decisions and provide leadership to ensure success in our district. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent the people of Blakely and Peckville for the past four years, and I would appreciate your continued support on November 3rd.

Chris Smith Director

I am the husband of Janel Young Smith, the father of Logan (9), Lilly (6) and Lucie (2), a graduate of Valley View (1999) and Penn State University (B.S. in environmental resource management 2003), and earned a secondary science education certificate from King’s College in 2010 and have resided in Blakely/Peckville for 25+ years. My current employment is as project manager for Williams Field Services. I am a former small-business owner of Chris Smith Lawn Service, a member of Valley Youth Soccer, girls basketball and the Family of San Giorgio.

Over the last four years, I have helped to drive changes within the Valley View school district by revising the hiring policy where every full-time job is advertised and people interviewed to attract the best-qualified candidate, increasing transparency within the district, outlining creative ways the district can become more efficient and save the tax payers money, ensuring every classroom in the district has technology to better educate our students for the future, supporting an anti-nepotism policy and serving as a member of the negotiating team for the administrator’s ACT 93 contract, which for the first time in the history of Valley View, a copay on health insurance and performance-based pay raises were implemented. Over the next four years, tough decisions about the financial stability of our district will have to be made. I will continue to stand up for what I believe is in the best interests of the students, taxpayers and the district every time. On November 3rd, please remember to vote the person not the party.

Valley View School District — Region 3

Curt Camoni Director

When I first ran for School Board, I made one promise. I said I would vote my conscience every time, no exceptions, and I would publicly state my beliefs and vote for what I think is right, no matter what. I am proud to say that I have kept this promise. I have articulated my stance and voted what I felt was best every time. I have fought for transparency and accountability. I introduced an anti-nepotism policy to avoid even the appearance of impropriety in hiring. I pushed for and largely wrote a new hiring policy with the lone goal being to hire the best, most qualified candidates. I have successfully initiated multiple revenue-generating initiatives, while outlining how I believe we can become more efficient and save the tax payers money, while increasing spending on the students, with an emphasis on technology and beginning computer courses at the Middle and Intermediate schools. I take this position seriously. I am honored Jessup saw fit to give me this responsibility and hope I have made you proud. I also ask the people of Blakely to re-elect Chris Smith. He has been an invaluable asset to the Valley View School District, and a credit to your borough.

Archbald Borough

Tom “Red Knob” Mancuso Council

I am a lifelong resident of Archbald, and a candidate for Archbald Borough Council. I am a graduate of St. Thomas Elementary School and Archbald High School. I attended Penn State University, Scranton Campus. I served 4½ years with the United Stated States Air Force. I am retired from the U.S Postal Office and a member of Christ the King Church. I am also a member of the Archbald-Eynon Lions Club, VFW Eynon Post, The American Legion Archbald and the Penn State Nittany Lions Club. My family includes three daughters Susan, Michelle and Dawn and four grandchildren. I was married to the late Judy Mancuso for more than 40 years. I would appreciate your vote on Nov. 3rd. I will work with other community leaders to continue to move the borough in a positive direction. Archbald Borough is prospering and I would like to be a part of its continued success by working for the people of the Archbald Borough.

Blakely Borough

Joseph Ercolani Council

I am running for re-election to Blakely Borough Council. I am a lifelong resident of Blakely Borough and graduated from Blakely High School. I also graduated from Gettysburg College, University of Scranton and Temple University School of Dentistry. I currently practice dentistry at my office located in Peckville. My wife Debbie and I have three children and two grandchildren. I have been privileged to have served on the Blakely Borough Council for the last eight years and I am proud of our accomplishments. Collectively as a council our primary concern has always been the welfare of our citizens. I believe we have addressed the current issues facing our community effectively as well as being cognizant of the needs of our Borough in the future. I am asking for your support in this election to allow me to serve the community for another four years.

Michael J. Henzes Council

I was born and raised in Blakely Borough, graduating from Blakely High School in 1961. I received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Scranton. My wife, Elaine, and I have been blessed with a daughter, a son and eight grandchildren. We are active in church, civic and political organizations. I am a current member and past president of the Blakely-Peckville Lions Club and a current member of the American Legion Post 570. I worked for 22 years in accounting for RCA Corp. in Dunmore and for seven years as the legal administrator for the law firm of Lenahan & Dempsey. I recently retired after working 15 years as the executive vice-president and chief financial officer for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute in Scranton. I worked for two years as Blakely Borough treasurer before being elected Blakely borough tax collector where I served for 18 years. Now, I am completing my 16th year as a member of Blakely Borough Council. My many years of financial, human resources and business management experience have allowed me to serve as an integral member of Borough Council. I would appreciate your vote to allow me to continue to serve you in that capacity.

Kevin Swift Council

I am a 1979 graduate of Valley View High School. Following graduation, I attended Johnson College and completed the apprenticeship program through the Pipefitters Local Union 524 of Scranton. I was employed as a journeyman pipefitter for 15 years and was a previous owner of Mid-Valley Bottling Co., Jessup, for 10 years. I believe strongly that my business and work ethic and experience have been an important asset for the Blakely Borough. I humbly request that you entrust me to serve you for the next four years. I have resided in Peckville for the past 22 years with my loving wife, Eileen and two beautiful daughters, Kelsey and Mackenzie.

Patrick S. Zwanch Council

I am seeking re-election to Blakely Borough Council. I am currently serving as the vice-president of council. I am asking the voters of Blakely Borough for their continued support. Along with other elected and appointed officials, we have taken on several projects within the borough; I would like to see these projects through their completion. I reside in Peckville with my wife, Anne. We have three children (Patrick J. Zwanch, Tracey Kranick and Michael Zwanch); we have seven grandchildren. I am a member of Sacred Heart Church in Peckville. I have served in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge. I am a member of the American Legion. My educational background includes graduating from Blakely High School. I graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey and from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre (B.A.-criminal justice). I currently work as a safety consultant for Donegal Insurance Group. I am a past instructor for the ACT 120 Program (municipal police officer training and education) at Lackawanna College in Scranton. Blakely Borough is moving in a positive direction. The elected and appointed officials are continually seeking ways to improve our borough. The assistance of the residents can help us achieve our goals. I will continue to work for the citizens of Blakely Borough. As always, I thank you for your past support. I ask you to vote for the endorsed candidates on Election Day.

Dickson City Borough

Georgia Adamitis Council

I am Georgia Adamitis, daughter of the late George and Janet ( Littlejohn) Kruper. My husband of 49 years, Anthony, and I have two daughters, Jana and Rebeka. I am a graduate of Dickson City High School and Lackawanna Junior College. I retired in 2008, after 22 years of service, from the Lackawanna County Court System, where I was employed in District Court 45-1-08. I also owned a jewelry and fashion accessories business for more than 20 years. I have been an active member of auxiliary to Eagle Hose Co. No.1 for more than 47 years and a member of the ladies auxiliary to American Legion Post No. 665 and Ladies Aid Society of the Primitive Methodist Church. I made the decision to run for council after hearing the dissatisfaction voiced by so many of our residents coming to the tax office, where I assist my husband. Major concerns have been the new municipal building, its location, and the debt we have incurred, the disrepair of our Main and Boulevard area, the condition of our roads and the increasing financial burden to our residents. I would like to be part of the solution. I am 100 percent committed to our community It is my home, too. We need to start listening to our residents and their concerns. We must progress but need to keep in mind the basic needs of our community. When elected, I will work in a professional manner with all members of council to begin solving these problems. Vote change on November 3rd!

Michael Fedorka Council

I am a lifelong resident of Dickson City. I graduated from Mid Valley High School and also Johnson College. I am married to the former Donna Belivakici and have three children Michael, Matthew and Juliann. I am honored to serve the residents of Dickson City as council member and chairman of the Planning Commission and chairman of both the Strategic Planning Committee and Main Street Revitalization Committee. I also served the Dickson City Zoning and Hearing Board and various other borough committees. Thanks to the current council’s due diligence over the past several years, Dickson City has received more $1.5 million in grant monies. Dickson City recently was awarded $150,000 for site work improvements for the Dickson City City Center. A Sunday Times article, “Your Tax Burden’’ dated March 29, 2015, listed Dickson City with the fourth lowest overall tax burden of 40 communities in Lackawanna County. Some of council’s accomplishments include completions major sewer projects and annual paving projects. While on council, six additional full-time police officers have been hired. Council is very supportive to our youth and senior groups and provides the facilities, parks, fields and Civic Center for their use and enjoyment. I would like to continue the Main Street Revitalization Project and our committee recently met with the Department of Economic and Community Development to discuss and pursue grants for the project. We are a family-orientated council and have provided funding for Dickson Days, the Gen. Wiercinski and Gen. Terry community event and parade, and other events. I would like to continue our family-friendly events. I am working hard for my hometown and I humbly ask for your vote on November 3, 2015.

John “Jack” Horvath

Council

I am a current Dickson City Councilman. I lost my wife, Ann, several years ago. My family includes my daughter, Amy, and her husband John Jones, and my son Matthew and his wife Karen. I also have five grandchildren, Johnny, Elizabeth, Victoria, Matthew and Michael. Some of the other public service committee, boards and commissions I serve on include: the Dickson City Beautification Committee, Valley Blood Council, and I am both a Dickson City T-ball and softball coach. I volunteer at both St. Mary’s Visitation bingo and the Jessup Food Pantry. I am chairman for the Mid Valley Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society and president of St. Mary’s Visitation Choir. I am the financial secretary of the Olyphant Lions Club. I serve as treasurer for the Dickson City Neighborhood Watch, Dickson City Christmas Light Fund, Dickson City Recreation Authority and The Dickson City Little League. With Dickson City Council, I serve on the Pension and Parks Committees. I graduated from Scranton Central High School and have a B.A. from Wilkes University in secondary education. I am retired as a social studies teacher from Mid Valley School district and I am employed at Schiff’s Restaurant Supply Co. Since I have been on council, Dickson City’s financial status has gone from a $700,000 deficit to a $250,000 surplus. Council has added two full-time policemen and the police and the non-uniform pension has improved. New Christmas lights have been purchased at no cost to taxpayers. I and all council members have brought community pride to the borough with Dickson Days, the Generals Parade, the Dickson City Christmas Event and the Lukasik Field dedication. If re-elected I will work to continue financial responsibility in the borough and implement the Main Street Revitalization Project. I will continue to fight against blighted properties and finish the Civic Center site work.

Laurie Kaszuba Council

I am a lifelong resident of the Dickson City Borough and have been married to my husband, Brian Kaszuba, for the past 21 years. I am the daughter of Irene and Jerry Narcoonis Jr., and I have twin brothers, Joseph and Steven Narcoonis. We were raised in the Dickson City “Flats.” I graduated from Saint Mary’s Visitation School and then went on to graduate from Mid Valley High School in 1989. I currently work for Prudential Financial as a contract analyst and have been employed by Prudential for the past 21 years. Like you, the residents of Dickson City, I work hard and appreciate every dollar earned. It’s upsetting to continually see the wasteful spending of our tax dollars. Enough is enough! Our town is lacking maintenance and our streets are in disrepair. One of main reasons I am running for council is to ensure the services that have once been provided to this town are restored. I want to put a stop to the wasteful spending and prevent frivolous purchases. There have been some bad decisions that were made by current council that affect this town that cannot be changed. But you, the residents of Dickson City, can make a change for our future, for your children’s future. Vote change on November 3rd!

Jeffrey R. Kovaleski Council

I am seeking re-election to the Dickson City Borough Council. I reside in Dickson City with my wife, Brenda, and three children, Zachary, Nicholas and Sabriana. I am the assistant principal of the Mid Valley Secondary Center, where I have been a teacher and administrator for the past 16+ years. I have both a B.S. in mathematics and M.S. in instructional technology from Marywood University. I am currently the vice president of council, of which I have been a member since 2011. I am a member of numerous borough committees, including Strategic Planning, Contract Negotiations, Budget, Pension, Parks, Policies and Procedures, Beautification, and Christmas Lights. I am involved in my community as a member of the St. Mary’s Visitation Church Pastoral Council and Choir, Olyphant Lions, Knights of Columbus, Dickson City Little League and the Valley United Soccer League. I am proud of the numerous accomplishments that council has made over the past five years, including: balanced budgets, technology upgrades, paving projects, settled contracts with employees including pension and health care contributions, saving the borough pensions from financial ruin, greater efficiency of government with the new municipal building, new garbage and recycling trucks, new salt shed, new Christmas Lights, numerous grants, restructuring of loans to save nearly $2 million in previous debt, addition of full-time police officers, and a renewed community pride through borough events. If re-elected, I would like to continue with the following projects: the site work at the Civic Center, including additional parking and safer entryway for the children; the Main Street Revitalization Project; sale of old Borough Building; continued fight against blighted properties; connection of the Heritage Valley Trail; and complete audit of all delinquent mercantile taxes. I’m a proven leader who acts with integrity and professionalism. I have worked extremely hard toward working with and serving the needs of all residents and will continue to do so. I, along with my colleagues have a vision for Dickson City and will work tirelessly toward achieving these goals. I humbly ask for your vote on Election Day!

Paul Kwiec Council

I am a lifelong resident of Dickson City and have owned and operated a business for 30 years. My business experience gives me the background and expertise to serve our community as a member of council. I would like to see more accountability of the taxpayers’ money. Our community has grown over the past several years and can continue to do so with the right management. When politicians think of themselves, not the community, that’s not progress. Progress is moving ahead, watching finances and not incurring enormous debt. We cannot continue spending on projects that do not benefit our community. Our senior citizens cannot afford another huge (50 percent) tax increase. Your tax dollars should be monitored and carefully spent on much needed projects. You have heard of things that need to be done. Let’s starting getting them done. We cannot continue with the “wants” of Council, but look to the needs of our residents. Vote change on November 3rd.

Rosemary Louryk Council

I am asking for your support in my write-in bid for reelection to Dickson City Borough Council. l am a lifelong Mid-Valley resident, having been raised in Throop, graduating from Mid-Valley High School and residing in Dickson City for 38 years. My husband, Brad, and I are the parents of two sons, Bradford, New York City, and Brent and his wife Kathy, Stephens City, Virginia. l have served in various officer positions in the Mid-Valley PTA and also as a school director in the district. l am retired from National Book Co., Dunmore, having been employed there for 18 years in the college and order departments. I am presently serving the borough on the Strategic Planning, Policy and Procedure and Contract Negotiating Committees. I also volunteer my time on the Christmas Light Committee, which at this time has raised more than $50,000 in donations to purchase updated and energy-saving decorations. I had the opportunity to be a part of the planning for the event that honored Dickson City natives, retired generals, Frank Wiercinski and Mike Terry, last October. I am proud of the progress this council has made and would like to be afforded the privilege to continue to help the residents of Dickson City. l feel that experience and integrity are vital for public service and our community needs accountable and principled individuals to hold office. l am privileged to give back to my community and I humbly ask for your write-in vote to continue to serve the citizens of Dickson City.

Jessup Borough

Kevin Gordon Council

I’m running for Jessup council in the November general election. I am the son of Marita Barrett Gordon and the late John Gordon. I am a 2000 graduate of Valley View High School and a graduate of Marywood University where I received a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design. I am a lifelong resident of Jessup, and I’m currently the assistant store manager at Quinn’s Supermarket in Peckville, where I have worked for the past 15 years. I have participated in many youth sports and organizations throughout the years both in the Jessup community and in the Valley View School District. These include Jessup Little League baseball and Valley View football. I’m a member of Queen of Angels Parish, a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus Jessup council No. 10729, a member of the Jessup Carbino Club, and an active member of the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life.” I believe leadership, honesty and integrity are qualities that an elected official needs to have. If elected, I intend not just to lead, but to listen and, more importantly, respond to the needs of the community. I pledge to be honest and trustworthy. I will work for the community in a way that will reflect the best interests of the residents of Jessup. I personally would like to thank everyone for their support, and on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, I humbly ask for your vote.

Randy Santarelli

Council

I wish to continue serving the residents of Jessup for another four years. I believe that we have made major strides in moving our community forward. I hope to continue to be a part of the revitalization of our green spaces and the upgrading of our recreational facilities. After graduating from Bishop O’Hara High School, I received an associate degree from Penn State and a bachelor of science degree from Wilkes University. Both were in business administration. My career began as a senior customer service manager for ICS Learning Systems. Currently, I serve as department manager for the office of the Pennsylvania State Auditor General, where I oversee audits for all county row offices in northeastern Pennsylvania. I am a member of the Jessup Democratic Organization, and a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and past Grand Knight. A member of the Queeen of Angels parish and also a member of the Carbino Club, I spent many years as a Valley Area Youth softball coach. I also coached Little League baseball in the Carbino Club. My wife, Janice, and I have two children, Maura, a student at Wilkes University, and Nathan, a student at Ursinus College.

Lorraine Vagnarelli Stevens Council

Jessup council has made great strides, and it has been a privilege to serve the citizens of Jessup. I am very optimistic that more promising things are on our horizon. I would be honored to help make that a reality in the next four years. A graduate of Marywood Seminary and Marywood University, I earned a graduate degree from Wilkes University. I served on the faculty of Valley View High School for 33 years as child development coordinator, yearbook advisor, school accounts treasurer and senior class advisor. I am a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the Jessup Democratic Organization and its Executive Committee. A former elected member of the Pennsylvania State Committee, I currently serve as first vice-chair of the Lackawanna County Democratic Committee. I also serve as a board member of the University of Scranton’s Purple Club and as treasurer and board member of local 501(C)3 nonprofit for childhood cancer, Cancertacular. My family includes: my son John, an attorney in Harrisburg; my son Justin, a school psychologist at Valley View; his wife Rachael, the librarian for Old Forge School District, and my amazing grandsons, Luke and Drew.

Joe Kozuch Constable

I live in Jessup with my wife, Jill, and our two sons, Joseph Jr. and Jordan. I have more than 30 years’ experience in law enforcement and public safety and I am seeking the office of constable for the Jessup Third Ward. Currently I am the director of Public Safety for the Hideout Property Owners Association located in Lake Ariel, which is the largest planned community in northeastern Pennsylvania. As public safety director I am charged with planning, directing and coordinating activities relating to the protection, safeguarding and security of the community, its members, employees and invitees. I manage a department of more than 50 full- and part-time officers consisting of motor patrols, boat patrols, fixed gate and amenity foot patrols. I oversee all investigations conducted by the Public Safety Department and interact and work directly with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on a regular basis. Prior to my tenure as public safety director with the Hideout I was a police officer with the United States Capitol Police in Washington, D.C. as well as the Mayfield Police Department. I am a graduate of the University of Scranton with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. I graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco Georgia, the FBI Law Enforcement Officers Training School, Quantico, Virginia, and the United States Capitol Police Academy, Washington, D.C. I also graduated from the Act 120 Municipal Police Training and Act 235 Lethal Weapons Training programs in Scranton.

Olyphant Borough

Michael A. Abda Council

As a lifelong resident of Olyphant who cares deeply about this borough, it is my goal to make sound, educated decisions that will benefit Olyphant and its people. I listen to any and all concerns of our citizens, work with all council members and all committees, and collect as much data and information as possible before making decisions. As a member of council for the past eight years, it would be my honor to continue working for the people of Olyphant and finishing some projects that are currently underway. I want to fight for our citizens and help to lower their flood insurance. I want to continue to work with the new police chief in regards to the safety of our town and to continue to work on our sewer projects and the paving of the roads. I want our children to enjoy our updated fields and parks and to ensure we continue to have events for our youth like our “Trunk or Treat” Halloween program, the Santa Train and the annual Easter egg hunt. In addition, I want to continue to be fiscally responsible and not raise the taxes for our hard-working citizens.

Jimmy Baldan Council

I am a lifelong resident of Lackawanna County, have attended Johnson College and earned an associates degree in building technology. I have been a member of the Olyphant Democratic Committee for the last eight years. I have been employed at Burlington Stores of Eynon for the last 34 years. I hold the longest tenure of any manager at a 900-plus-employee corporation renowned for the best customer-friendly and the best location to work.

Fair, honest, professional, personable and driven. I am married to Leigh Onda Baldan, daughter of John and Shirlee Onda, who are very proud to say they have been residents of Olyphant their entire lives. We have been happily married and living in Olyphant for 24 years with our two daughters, Gia and Jaedan. I am a loving husband, father and friend to all. I show great compassion and integrity in all endeavors. I would love the opportunity to work alongside the Olyphant council members as an Olyphant councilman with great pride, focus and vision, to put a plan in place for a new downtown Olyphant. I have gladly accepted the challenge. Together with the support of our mayor, council, concerned residents and my experience, we can make this vision a reality: a new “magnet” downtown that is a safe, clean and desirable place to visit, shop, gather, raise and educate your children and bring back the quaint nostalgia of days gone by. We can again become the “Queen City.” I humbly ask for your vote.

Robert Hudak Council

As a lifelong resident of Olyphant and an experienced 20-year member of council, I have tried to look for ways to improve the community — whether it be my involvement in the creation of the industrial park, the upgrading of the electrical system, additional lighting in the borough parks, renovating the borough building, a new pavilion in Condella Park, the river levee and pumping stations — I am always looking to help the community. Now we are looking at infrastructure improvements, including the paving of roads. My most important issue is how to provide services to the people of Olyphant, such as police and fire protection, maintenance of parks and recreation, snow plowing, garbage pickup, etc., at a cost that is affordable to the people of Olyphant while keeping real estate taxes among the lowest in the county. We must consistently push for financial responsibility and efficiency in government.

Christine Powell Council

My name is Christine Powell, I am a 39-year-old Democrat and I am seeking election to Olyphant Borough Council. My husband Bob Powell, a lifelong resident, and I reside on East Park Street. I am truly blessed to be the mother of my 9-year-old son Eric and stepmother to Sabrina, 20, and RJ, 17. I have an abundant desire for the well-being of the citizens of this brilliant borough. I am a proud volunteer firefighter for more than 12 years and commit myself to helping others in this community 24 hours a day. I am an active member of Olyphant Hose Co. No. 2, located behind the borough building, where I currently hold the position of president and also a member of the Olyphant Ambulance, where I am the secretary. Additionally, I am the chairperson for Olyphant Queen City Nights, which is held in downtown Olyphant, and president of the Olyphant Firemen’s Relief Association. The residents of Olyphant deserve and expect an open and honest government. Some of my goals are to continue to keep our community safe by having our police officers conduct more neighborhood patrols and to also fix our roads. Fiscal discipline, tough decisions and creativity, including intergovernmental cooperation is the key to a fiscally run borough. I humbly ask for your support and I hope you join my fight to make our Borough safe, clean and more competitive for business development. Thank you in advance for your support.

Lauren Telep Council

I was born and raised in Olyphant, the daughter of the late Olga Elnitsky and Daniel Telep Sr. I attended Dunmore Central Catholic H.S. and graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree. Upon graduation, moved to NYC to fulfill my dream of being a buyer. Started at Macy’s Dept. Store NYC management training program, worked as a buyer for Independent Retailers Syndicate. My career progressed as a buyer for NAVRESSO (Navy Resale and Services) for the U.S. Navy Military Bases around the world. A change in career provided me the opportunity to work in the Garment Center of NYC. I served on the board of directors for my NYC Co-op for two years.

My life changed when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late ‘90s. In 2007, I moved back to Olyphant to take care of my elderly parents.

I’ve been involved with the activities at SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, serving as an organizer and chairwoman for multiple events during the prior five years. I have volunteered to perform publicity services for the church and various events for Olyphant, one of which was being the guide for the Historical Walking Tour of Olyphant. I initiated for the residents of Olyphant the Volunteer Emergency Notification form. This document provides emergency services personnel with contact information for families in case of an emergency.

Residents should vote for the person who will listen to them and make changes, no matter what party they belong to.

Scott Township

Michael Giannetta Supervisor

Over the past six years while serving as your supervisor, we corrected many of our township’s past problems, implemented changes and improved our community, all without raising taxes. Employees now pay part of the cost of their health benefits. A CPA audits the township books. We appointed a new police chief to lead a respected police department. We cut expenses and had budget surpluses each of the last six years. Road department equipment was upgraded, roads were repaved and all our roads are in the best shape in 20 years. Businesses in the Tech Park were connected to the central sewer, allowing us to reduce the monthly sewer bill by $6/month. The fee for on-lot sewer inspections was reduced to $10. Grants were obtained to repave roads and construct a pavilion for use by residents for family picnics. We purchased 30 acres at $1,500 an acre to be used some day for a new township garage, drive-through recycling and additional athletic fields. If I have the privilege of being re-elected, I will continue to volunteer all my time, taking no pay as supervisor. I will continue to work on refinancing the sewer project construction loan and lower the monthly bill even more. A new soccer field will be added in the municipal field when the road department storage area is cleaned up and moved to the new 30 acres. I have served many years as supervisor, sewer authority member, and township solicitor. We need to keep experience on the Board of Supervisors and I ask for your vote to keep our township moving forward and running smoothly.

Steven Russell Supervisor

I am a Democratic candidate for Scott Township Supervisor. I have been a resident of Scott Township since 2003. I have been employed as a salon manager and stylist at Sanderson State Street Salon for 23 years. I am involved in many local community and civic organizations. I was a two-year member of the zoning hearing board, and then, in 2011, I was elected auditor. In these positions I have gained experience in many facets of township government, as well as the finances of the township. If elected, I intend to increase services to the residents while holding the line on spending. The township should provide recycling containers to the residents who participate, and make the dropoff times more accessible and convenient. This can be done with the grant money that the township currently receives every year for the recycling program. I think this would increase participation which would in turn increase the grant. I too am concerned and burdened with the $82 per month sewer bill. I will aggressively pursue any avenue available to lower these payments. We need to continue to lobby state and federal officials as well as work with private lenders to find alternate funding for the loans taken by the Sewer Authority. I intend to be available and accessible to the people of Scott Township. The supervisors are elected by the people of Scott Township, and should represent the residents without a personal agenda. I intend to represent all of the people of Scott Township fairly and equally. I truly believe that I can make a positive difference in our community. I would appreciate your vote on November 3rd.

Scott Weinschenk Auditor

I am running for Scott Township auditor. I have been a part of the Scott Township community since I was a child. I spent all of my summers at Chapman Lake with my family. I have great memories of many summers spent at the lake. My wife, Amy, and I, along with our dog, enjoy living at Chapman Lake. I have been a full-time resident of Scott Township for close to 20 years. I have worked in the insurance industry helping my clients assure their financial and family’s well-being for the past 20 years. Working in finance and insurance has prepared me for the job of auditor of the township. As auditor I plan to work as a fiscal watchdog for the citizens of Scott Township. I will ensure the auditing, settling and adjusting of township accounts is performed accurately and fairly. Please consider voting for me and helping me ensure the financial well-being of our township. I hope to have your support come Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3rd. Thank you in advance.