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Commissioners Race Biggest Contest in Bradford County

By Rick Hiduk

When Bradford County voters go to the polls for the May 17 primary election, they may find few candidates in their respective parties on the ballot for key municipal positions. There is, however, a full spate of contenders for most of the party nominations up for grabs on the county level. In a primary election, voters make selections along party lines to determine who will represent them in general elections to be held in November.

New Albany and Rome Boroughs, as well as Overton and Stevens Townships, are among the municipalities where there are no registered candidates to fill key positions such as councilmen, supervisors, auditors, and tax collectors. No one at present is seeking the vacant seat on Wyalusing Borough Council.

In Albany, Asylum, Herrick, Monroe, Orwell, Terry, Tuscarora, Wilmot, Windham, and Wyalusing  Townships, the candidates on the ballots are largely uncontested. Those seeking election to the Wyalusing Area School Board, as well as for Magisterial District Judgeships, are running on both the Democratic and Republican ballots, also with little opposition.

Some key races to watch include those for Towanda Borough Council and Towanda Area School Board, the latter of which also shows contestants vying for the Democratic and Republican nominations simultaneously. Wysox Township residents will find a number of candidates to consider for borough council. In Monroeton, the four-year council seat has generated significant interest, while other posts in the borough have not. North Towanda Township residents also have a referendum on their ballots to decide whether or not the sale of liquor should be approved in the township.

At the county level, the position of Commonwealth Court Judge and seats for Bradford County Commissioners are hotly contested. Democrat Mark Smith is listed only on the Democratic ballot for commissioner, but a number of Bradford County Republicans have endorsed him as a write-in candidate for the Republican ticket.

According to Bradford County director of elections Renee Smithkors, voters will have the option to write in candidates where none are registered. Ballots are different in each district and vary from party to party. In many municipalities, the top two vote-getters in each party will advance to the general election. In those cases, voters will be asked to mark more than one candidate, which may include a write-in.

In the races for which nobody has yet actively sought candidacy, potential contenders may still embark on a write-in campaign for the fall election. If nobody runs in the fall, some municipal governments may actually be reduced in size or otherwise modified, as has happened occasionally in the past.

The following information includes all positions that are open, regardless of whether or not there is a registered candidate. Democrats and Republican voters will find only the names of candidates registered for their parties on their respective ballots, except for aforementioned races for which the candidate is running on both tickets. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and results of the primary election will be published in the May 19 edition of the Rocket-Courier.



Superior Court Judge

Dem. David N. Wecht

Rep. Vic Stabile

Rep. Paula A. Patrick

Commonwealth Court Judge

Dem. Kathryn Boockvar

Dem. Barbara Ernsberger

Rep. Paul P. Panepinto

Rep. Anne Covey

County Auditor

Dem. Jeff Warner

Rep. Audrey Allen

Rep. Susan H. Storch

County Commissioner

Dem. Mark W. Smith

Dem. Gene Osmun

Rep. Doug McLinko

Rep. Daryl Miller

Rep. Sharon Lowery


Rep. Thomas M. Carman

District Attorney

Rep. Daniel Barrett

Prothonotary and Court Clerk

Rep. Michael D. Schultz

Rep. Sally F. Vaughn

Register of Wills, Recorder of Deeds, Orphans Court Clerk

Rep. Shirley Rockefeller


Rep. Clinton J. Walters

County Treasurer

Rep. Becky A. Clark

Magisterial District Judges


Dem./Rep. Michael Shaw


Dem./Rep. Tim Clark


Dem./Rep.Fred M. Wheaton




Auditor 6 yr.

Dem. Helen S. McGee

Auditor 4 yr.




Rep. Kenneth W. Middaugh


Rep. Jack H. Kilmer


Supervisor 6 yr.

Rep. Harry E. Camp, Jr.

Supervisor 4 yr.

Rep. Greg Bacon




Rep. Alan E. Coates

Rep. Richard C. Potter

Auditor 6 yr.

Dem. Vicky Sickler

Auditor 4 yr.

Auditor 2 yr.


Councilman 4 yr.

Rep. Geoffrey L. Harris

Rep. Joan L. Grenell

Rep. Robert L. Bahr

Councilman 2 yr.

Auditor 6 yr.

Auditor 4 yr.

Auditor 2 yr.



Rep. David G. Dunn


Rep. Carl E. Watkins


Councilman 4 yr.

Councilman 2 yr.

Tax Collector 2 yr.



Rep. Dell B. Eastabrook


Rep. Douglas G. Hilfiger




Auditor 6 yr.

Auditor 4 yr.



Rep. Douglas Clearwater

Rep. Kenneth M. Crown

Auditor 6 yr.

Auditor 4 yr.


Councilman 4 yr.

Councilman 2 yr.

Auditor 6 yr.

Auditor 4 yr.

Tax Collector 2 yr.



Rep. Gary N. Hosley

Rep. Roger Druck

Auditor 6 yr.

Rep. Steven M. Hovan

Auditor 2 yr.



Rep. Martin Coates

Rep. Terry F. Fairchild


Rep. Magdalen Czajkowski






Rep. Sam Remington

Dem. Deanna Wells



Councilman – First Ward

Rep. Jean M. Miller

Rep. Philip Roof

Councilman – Second Ward

Rep. Paul Sweitzer

Rep. Matthew Horton

Dem. Steven R. Michel

Councilman – Third Ward

Rep. J. Mark Christini

Rep. Ellen Lacek

Rep. Robert E. McLinko


School Board – Reg. 1

Dem./Rep. Robert Hettich

Dem./Rep. Evelyn J. Sherburne

Rep. Matthew P. Horton

School Board – Reg. 2

Dem./Rep. Guy Maryott

Dem./Rep. Pete Alesky

School Board – Reg. 3


Supervisor 6 yr.

Rep. Charlotte Sullivan

Supervisor 2 yr.

Rep. Gary B. Scranton




Dem. Charmaine Stempel


Liquor Sales Referendum



Rep. Carl J. Yurgatis

Auditor 6 yr.

Auditor 4 yr.



Rep. Kerry E. Detrick

Auditor 6 yr.

Auditor 4 yr.

Auditor 2 yr.



Rep. David English






Rep. Arthur W. Allyn


Rep. Anne M. Korfmann


School Board – Reg. 1

Dem./Rep. Richard Robinson

Dem./Rep.Vincent Amoroso

School Board – Reg. 2 - 4 yr.

Dem./Rep. Deborah Stethers

School Board – Reg. 3

Dem./Rep. Barbara Prevost

Dem./Rep. Jean B. Vande Mark



Rep. James D. Roof

Rep. Jon Derrick Kulick

Rep. Kenneth M. Whipp, Sr.

Auditor 6 yr.

Auditor 4 yr.

Auditor 2 yr.

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Wyoming County Election Roundup 

 D.C. Koviack

 In Wyoming County, the hotly-contested commissioners’ race is the big draw on the ballot. On the Republican side for the May 17th primary, four challengers and one incumbent are on the ballot all vying for two open seats. All the Republican candidates are from Tunkhannock Borough or Tunkhannock Township.

Judy Kraft Mead, from Tunkhannock Borough, is looking to keep her seat at the commissioners’ table for another four years; if she is successful, this would be Mead’s fourth term. A businesswoman, Mead’s track record of involvement with community building and historic preservation in all areas of the county, as well as the wider region is well known.

Sandra Ritz, also from Tunkhannock Borough, has been a county auditor for more than two decades; she is seeking to use her knowledge of the way the county works more fully, as a commissioner.

Tom Henry, of Tunkhannock Township, has been a businessman in the county for his entire adult life; Henry has made a habit of partnering with area charities and civic organizations to assist the less fortunate in the county.

Connie Kintner, also of Tunkhannock Township, has been a businesswoman in the insurance profession for most of her life; she is well known for her support of initiatives that serve the community at large, such as the library system and Tyler Hospital.

Michael DiStadio, again from Tunkhannock Township, has a B.S. in Business and is a businessman like his parents, who are well known in the community. DiStadio’s outreach focus has been on area and regional charitable organizations like Triton Hose and the Tunkhannock Ambulance, and he is a champion of the volunteer initiative.

On the Democratic ballot, one incumbent and two challengers will fight for one open seat.

Stark Bartron, of Tunkhannock Borough, is seeking to repeat his term as commissioner for a third time. He is a businessman and tuned in to the needs and concerns of agriculture in our county.

Challenger Richard Dixon is from Clinton Township and is a lifelong resident of Factoryville; he has served on various municipal Planning and Zoning Committees. A businessman, Dixon works for PA American Water Company.

Challenger Ron Williams, from Overfield Township, was formerly a Wyoming County Commissioner, but left the position to serve the region in the Rendell Administration. Williams brings familiarity with the job and the area to the table, as well as strong ties to the county’s EMA/911 services.

Other races are also shaping up to be interesting in the county although a couple of races have candidates running who are unopposed.

With Sheriff Richard Montross stepping down, three Republicans and one Democrat are running for the position. Jeff Helwig of Forkston Township has run against Montross before and with Montross’s retirement is now seeking the position once again. Edward Sherman, of Tunkhannock Township, has also thrown his hat in the proverbial ring as has Michelle Hillard of Meshoppen Borough. All three of these candidates are on the Republican primary ticket. Democrat Duane Marbaker, Jr. is the only one on the Democratic ballot and is thus assured a spot on the November general election ballot. Marbaker, from Washington Township, has a background in corrections, serving as an officer in the county jail for the past four years. He is also on area ambulance/EMS corps.

In unopposed races, Karen Bishop of Windham Township is running on the Republican ticket for the position of Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts with no opposition and no one on the Democratic ticket. Bishop has been serving in the position since the retirement last year of the county’s long-time Prothonotary, Paulette Burnside.

Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds Dennis Montross, from Tunkhannock Township, is in a similar position, running on the Republican ticket with no opposition and with no one on the Democratic ticket. Montross has served the county as the Register and Recorder for more than two decades.

For the county’s three Auditor slots, two Republicans and one Democrat are virtually assured of filling them. Republicans William Eggleston, of Clinton Township, and Judy Shupp, of Tunkhannock Township, are on one ballot; Laura Dickson, of Tunkhannock Township, is on the Democratic ballot.

Susquehanna County Primary Preview


By Ann Morrill Whynman

Contests for the Primary Election in Susquehanna County are scarce. County Commissioners and one District Judge’s office offer the only real contests. All listings below are in the order in which they will appear on the party’s ballots.

Among Democrats, incumbent Commissioners Mary Ann Warren and Leon Allen are looking for re-election. Since voters get to vote for two, these two are basically assured a place on the November ballot as the Democrat options.

Republican commissioner candidates are a different story. Besides the incumbent Michael J. Mike Giangrieco (names in this article are as they will appear on the ballots) there will be three additional candidates vying for the two spots to represent the party in November. These include Alan Hall, Fred Baker and Ricky R. Oakley. After each party has chosen two candidates in the Primary, voters in November get to vote for two, with the three top vote getters winning the contest.

Several Republican county candidates are running unopposed for their party’s nomination, and there are no Democrats running for these offices.

Incumbent Jason J. Legg is running for District Attorney; incumbent Catherine Cathy R. Benedict is seeking another term as County Treasurer; Mary F. Evans, Registrar of Wills, Recorder of Deeds and Clerk of the Orphans Court, is looking to be re-elected, along with Anthony J. Conarton who wants another term as Coroner.

County Auditors are up for election this year as well. The two Republican incumbents George P. Starzec and Holly H. Bialy are not being challenged. On the Democrat ticket, Melanie Kozlowski has put her hat in the ring along with incumbent Susan M. Jennings. Similar to the commissioners’ race, two people will be on the November ballot on each party with the three top vote getters at that time put in office.

Regionally, two of the three District Judges are up for election this year. In the Montrose office incumbent Jeffrey L. Hollister is on both the Republican and Democrat ballot. At the New Milford District Judge’s office, Peter Janicelli is retiring, and three candidates are vying for that office. They have all cross-filed, so will be on both tickets. On the Republican ticket the order on the ballot will be Jodi Cordner, Kathleen M. Ragard and Raymond Telnock. On the Democrat ballot, the order is Kathleen M. Ragard, Raymond Telnock and Jodi Cordner.

At the municipal level in areas covered by the Rocket-Courier (generally, those townships which comprise the Elk Lake School District), Auburn Township has Republican incumbent George Gregory running again for supervisor for a six-year term with no one on the Democrat ballot. Also in Auburn, incumbent Chuck Place is running on both parties for Elk Lake School Director in Region 1, with no challengers. Matthew D. Neenan is looking to be a Supervisor (six-year term) in Dimock Township and will appear on the Republican ballot. No one is running on the Democrat ticket.

Incumbent Anne M. Teel is hoping to come back as Region 3 Elk Lake School Director, and her name will appear on both party’s ballots. Incumbent Daniel Jones is a Republican seeking re-election as Middletown Supervisor, with no Democrat seeking that job, and Matthew E. Curley, incumbent Elk Lake School Director for Region 6, will be on the Republican ballot with no one running as a Democrat. The race for Rush Township Supervisor is to fill a six-year slot. Donald L. Herman, Sr. is running as a Republican, while Peter A. Bronzons, Jr. and incumbent Charles Pierson are on the Democrat ballot. There is also a four-year Supervisor’s opening, and Republican Kevin Stockholm is running. No one is on the Democrat’s ballot for the four-year slot. Alice Carr is running again for Elk Lake School Director for Region 7, and her name will appear on both tickets.

Voters in Springville Township have a six-year and a two-year Supervisor’s name on the ballots. For the six-year slot, Republican incumbent Jerry Ainey is running, with no one running as a Democrat. Only the Democrats have an entry for the two-year position, Duane E. Wood.








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