The thing about the the latest Luzurne County Council race was the lack of acrimony. With a few exceptions the candidates avoided trying to tear down their opponents. It was a race about ideas to make our county a better place to live. The 2 people that impressed me most were Republican Marc Dixon and Democrat Wendy Cominsky. They have some ideas to improve
our lives and are running to do something not be somebody. You may disagree with them but they will listen to your ideas and try to come to a solution.
On the Republican side 5 candidates advanced for 5 seats. Incumbent Harry Haas may just win another term.Gregory S. Wolovich Jr. is running hard. Linda Houck was near the top of the ballot on the Demcratic side and Sheila Saidman topped it. Matt Vough and John Godamski round out the field
. The headline race in Luzerne County will be the contest for Controller. Incumbent Democrat Michelle Bednar is being challenged by former Republican Controller Walter Griffith.
I hope I'm wrong but this one may get a bit nasty. Both candidates have been friends for many years and I would hate to see that. My advice to supporters of both candidates is to stick to issues and qualifications. Skip the personal attacks
A big Thank You to Brian and the staff of Ole Tyme Charley's for hosting great event. The Green Party came out in force in addition to many Democratic and Republican candidates, labor leaders, bloggers and most importantly voters. More in the AM.
About 70 people attended the school board meeting tonight. I got there late and had to leave early because of another commitment. I expected it to be a lot more contentious but for the most part it was civil. The board applauded the speakers and answered their questions. There was a lot of back and forth between the board and Attorney Kim Borland of Save our Schools. I was surprised to learn that many board members have not visited the sites under consideration for the new school. Most of the public speakers asked that they delay any decision and gather more data. Board member Joe Caffrey said this issue has been kicked down the road for over 15 years and it was time to act.
In the end they voted 7-2 to start the process of building a new high
school on the 80-acre site between Maffett and Main streets in
Plains Twp. Shawn Walker and Christine Katsock voted no
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Wendy Cominsky is one of those very special people who decided to run for office. She doesn't have money or powerful friends just a desire to make a difference. I asked her why she would want to do such a thing and she told me she has been an activist about issues she cares about and people suggested she should run for office. So she listened to them and threw her hat into the ring. She is a middle class worker who owns her own business and she said if she is successful it will encourage more people like her.
She organized a great event and invited other candidates to circulate petitions. The other council candidates gathering signatures were incumbent Linda Houck and newcomers Phil Gianfarcaro, David Popiak and Sheila Saidman.
Michelle Bednar is running for reelection as Controller and said she is proud of the job she has done. She has reorganized the office and has done more with less people because of the county financial problems. The audits are on time and she will be looking at the books of the local tax collectors next. The audit of the Homestead exemption has netted $100K in back taxes.
A couple of Wilkes-Barre Area School Board candidates also were seeking some ink.Melissa Etzle Patla and Jarvis Wright. More on Jarvis tomorrow.
"I never denied that I did something wrong and I paid my fine as well as served my probation, and resigned from the job that I loved doing for the people of this County I think I left my guard down and was very stupid in allowing them the opportunity to get me out of office. I think it was truly an honest mistake that cost me dearly financially and emotionally and I am truly sorry for my mistakes."
Harry Haas, Carolee Medico, Walter Griffith, Stephen J.A. X. Y .Z Urban, The Judge, Charlie Lemmond
To the surprise of no one former Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith has announced he wants his old job back. Walter was elected to the office in 2009 but resigned in 2013 after he was charged with illegal wiretapping and sentenced to probation.“I think it’s a valid concern for people to have about me resigning my
position as a controller,” he said. “If I made a mistake, I made a
I expect a few other Republicans will enter the primary to take on incumbent Michelle Bednar.
This race should be one of the most hotly contested in 2017. Many of my Republican friends are telling me they won't support him this time.
Today I'm officially announcing my candidacy for Luzerne County
Controller. I will be circulating Nominating Petitions to have my name
placed on the ballot for the Republican party nominee in the May 16th
Primary election. If you would like to sign my petition please let me
know as soon as possible. Please remember you can only sign 1 petition. Thank you and please share this with all of your friends.
I'm surprised he didn't send me a press release, he's pretty good at that. I will have more on this next week.
Ben I want you to know I respect your post. I also want everyone to know the circumstances that led to my removal. Everyone knows that the entire courthouse wanted me gone because of my uncovering the poor practices of the administration. I did not "Wiretap" anyone I recorded the Chairman of City Vest in my office at 7 PM because I was there alone. I placed him on speakerphone and was not aware that this was a violation of the law. I simply wanted to have a source of reference for myself of what was told to me regarding this very important audit of 10 million dollars of Federal Funds. I never released this recording to anyone and no one ever knew I had the recording. The FBI issued a Warrant for all the information that I had regarding my audit of this money and under the threat of Contempt, it was provided to the FBI ONLY. I was not aware that I was doing anything illegal or wrong. The County Power-brokers wanted me removed from office, plain and simple as was evident by the plea agreement. The taxpayers of this County are all smart enough to see that and will support me in my effort to finish the job I started. Thanks for listening and I appreciate your time.
The TL has a rundown of the candidates that have so far expressed an interest in becoming Luzerne County Councilors. Democratic incumbent Council chair Linda McClosky Houck is up for another run but Eileen Sorokas will take a pass.
So Mike Flynn was fired as National Security Advisor. Expect more staff changes in the Trump Whitehouse. Priebus, Conway, Bannon, Miller, etc. have no experience in government and it has showed in the first 3 weeks. I expect that some people from the Dubya years will be brought in to restore some order. But who would want the jobs when you have to deal with Twitty.
I am just overwhelmed by the turnout in Washington, LA, Scranton and other cities around the country and around the world protesting the result of the the recent Presidential election.
Again, the Republican candidate has been installed by an archaic system. Hilary Clinton and Al Gore both won the popular vote but the Electoral College went against the popular vote. That needs to be corrected. The Republicans have won both the popular vote and the Electoral College only once since 1988.
It is easier to organize against something than for something. The Tea Party groups proved that. But the problem is you really can't figure out what Trump actually want's to do or even believes it himself
The women and men that marched today announced the opposition to Trump and the Republican Congress starts today .