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League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-
Citizen Education Fund

NONPARTISAN VOTERS GUIDE
2017 Municipal Primary Election May 16, 2017

(C) Copyright 2017 LWVPA – CEF
(information received from candidates by April 14, 2017)

League of Women Voters of Monroe County

(C) Copyright 2017 LWVPA  --
Citizen Education Fund,  LWV Monroe County

Polls are open 7 A.M. to 8 P.M. , May 16, 2017

You may vote as long as you are in line by 8 P.M. and voters  may take this Guide into the voting booth.

ELECTION INFORMATION

Pennsylvania holds elections twice yearly: the Primary Elections in spring and the General Elections in the fall. Primary elections are closed elections, meaning you must be a member of a party (e.g., Democratic or Republican) to vote for that party‘s candidates. Also, you must be registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the election -- for this election, the deadline to register was April 17. If you are not sure about your status, contact your County Board of Elections: Monroe (570) 517-3165, Pike (570) 296-3426. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Information Center also provides election information. CALL TOLL FREE: 1-800-692-7281. In addition, information may be obtained at www.VotesPa.com and via www.vote411.org.

ABOUT THIS GUIDE

The material in this Guide was compiled by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund and by the Monroe County Chapter of the League of Women Voters. Candidates were given an opportunity to submit biographical information and to answer a question presented by the League to assist voters in learning more about the candidates.  Some of the same questions and the responses received may be repeated for the primary and the general election. This material may not be altered or reprinted without the permission of the League. Each candidate's reply has been printed as submitted, except to use standard abbreviations and by editing from the end when a candidate's reply far exceeded the word limit -- this is denoted by // appearing in the text. The candidates listed are those whose names appear in the ballot layout as of April 14, 2017. Additional information about candidates and voter information including  “Polling Place Lookup” can be found by going to www.vote411.org and typing in your address and zip code. Local polling places are also printed elsewhere in this Voter’s Guide.

ABSENTEE VOTING/ VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES

Registered voters who are ill, disabled, or will be absent from the municipality on Election Day may vote by absentee ballot. Completed civilian absentee ballots must be received at the Board of Elections by 5 P.M. on Friday, May 12, 2017. If a proven emergency arises (unexpected illness or business trip), call your county Board of Elections for information on emergency absentee voting.  An emergency application and ballot may be obtained and voted up to 5 P.M. today (May 12). Any disabled voter having questions regarding the accessibility of a polling place should consult their county Board of Elections.

WRITE-IN VOTING

Information for writing in the name of a person who is not on the ballot will be available at the polling place.

ELECTION DAY PROBLEMS

If your right to vote is challenged at the polls on Election Day and the problem cannot be resolved at the polling place, the judge of elections at the polling place should telephone the County Board of Elections. The problem could be resolved by phone if your name appears on the county records. If it does not and you want to try to resolve the problem, then you can go in person to the county Board of Elections where a judge from the Court of Common Pleas will be on duty to resolve election problems. Alternatively, you can ask for and vote by provisional ballot. If it is later determined that you were eligible to vote your ballot will be counted. You will be given instructions on how to determine if your vote was counted. Problems at the polls can be reported to the PA Department of State at www.votespa.com and to the Election Protection Hotline, 1-866-OurVote or www.866ourvote.org.

Forms for voter absentee ballot applications, emergency absentee ballot applications and alternative ballots can be downloaded from the Resource Center at www.votespa.com.

IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW VOTERS

If you are voting for the first time, the information below can help ensure you are prepared once you arrive at the polls. All voters who appear at a polling place for the first time must show identification. Approved forms of photo identification include Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card; ID issued by any Commonwealth agency or by the U.S. government including a U.S. Passport or U.S. Armed Forces ID. Also acceptable are student-  or employee-issued ID.  If you do not have a photo ID, you can use a non-photo identification that includes your name and address. Approved forms of non-photo identification include: confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office; non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth or by the U.S. government including firearm permits, current utility bills, current bank statements or current paychecks or government checks. If you do not have any acceptable ID then you must be allowed to vote by provisional ballot.

If you are not a new voter and are voting at the same polling place, you are not required to show identification.

ONLINE VOTER’S GUIDE

The Voter’s Guide and other useful information for voters can be found on the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Homepage www.palwv.org and the Monroe County chapter website .  Election results will be published in the Pocono Record (www.poconorecord.com), the Journal of the Pocono Plateau and other media including Vote411, an online Voter’s Guide.

*CERTIFICATION NOTE*

The slate of candidates listed below is accurate based upon the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Elections unofficial ballot as of March 28, 2017. Candidates pending adjudication for election challenges at the time this document is presented to the publisher will be included in this Voter’s Guide.

ABOUT THE PURPOSE AND POLICY OF THE LEAGUE

The purpose of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania -- Citizen Education Fund /LWV Monroe County is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League is nonpartisan: it does not support or oppose any political parties or candidates. Nothing in this guide should be construed as an endorsement of any candidate by the LWV of Pennsylvania -- Citizen Education Fund or the LWV of Monroe County.

Get Involved With the League of Women Voters of Monroe County

If you believe that  informed voters are important to sustain a healthy community and that a grassroots organization can make a difference,  then become a member of the League of Women Voters of Monroe County. Monthly meetings are held to discuss current issues that impact the citizenry and to welcome new members.  LWV conducts voter registration drives and sponsors informational and educational activities for schools, government officials and the public. We publish an annual Government Directory that lists all elected officials in Monroe County. LWV also conducts special programs such as annual Legislative Coffees, and public programs such as  information on Fair Districts PA.  We undertake special studies to in order to establish positions on issues including the previously conducted studies on Marcellus Shale, Criminal Justice and the Election Law Study (currently underway).

The Monroe County chapter of the League is part of a national, non-partisan, volunteer organization which functions at all levels of government: local, state and national. Support is focused on issues only after members have studied the options and arrived at a consensus on government’s role in the solution or service. The LWV works to affect public policy through education and advocacy to encourage the participation of citizens in making informed decisions. Membership is open to all citizens of voting age including males.

For information on the League of Women Voters of Monroe County or this Voter’s Guide,  call Barbara Keiser, President  (570) 992-2981.

Find more information about the League on the web:
National LWV web site:  http://www.lwv.org
Pennsylvania LWV web site:  http://www.palwv.org
Monroe County LWV web site: http://www.lwvmonroecountypa.com

2017 Primary Election Voters Guide

Judicial elections occur in odd-numbered years. Justices and judges may serve an unlimited number of terms until they reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 and are retained or re-elected by the voters. Vacancies that exist before an election may be filed by gubernatorial appointment until an election is held. These selections are subject to Senate confirmation.

10 Year Term
Appellate court jurists
Courts of Common Pleas judges

6 Year Term
Magisterial district judges
Philadelphia Municipal Courts judges

JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT
JOB DESCRIPTION

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the Commonwealth and the oldest appellate court in the nation. The Supreme Court’s administrative powers and jurisdictional responsibilities are vested with the seven-member court by the Pennsylvania State Constitution and a collection of statutes known as the Judicial Code. Administratively, the courts within the Unified Judicial System are largely responsible for organizing their own staff and dockets; however, the Supreme Court has several committees and boards responsible for writing and enforcing rules for judges, attorneys, and litigants to ensure an efficient and fair judicial review. Annually, the seven justices receive over 3,000 requests for appellate review. Term: 10 years—Salary $206,054—Vote for not more than 1

Democratic

Dwayne Woodruff, McCandless – Allegheny
Candidate did not respond.

Republican

Sally Mundy, Tioga – Tioga
Candidate did not respond.

 

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
JOB DESCRIPTION

The Superior Court is one of Pennsylvania's two statewide intermediate appellate courts. This court, which was established in 1895, reviews most of the civil and criminal cases that are appealed from the Courts of Common Pleas in the Commonwealth's 67 counties. The Superior Court consists of 15 judges who serve 10-year terms. The president judge of Superior Court is elected to a five-year term by his or her colleagues. A huge volume of appeals flow to Superior Court from the trial courts. Generally, appeals are heard by panels of three judges sitting in Philadelphia, Harrisburg or Pittsburgh. The court often is the final arbiter of legal disputes. Although the Supreme Court may grant a petition for review of a Superior Court decision, most such petitions are denied and the ruling of the Superior Court stands.
Term: 10 years—Salary: $191,422 (Vote for 4)

Democratic

Carolyn Nichols, Philadelphia, PA—Philadelphia
Candidate did not respond.

Geoff Moulton, Upper Dublin - Montgomery
Campaign email: Geoff@judgemoulton.com
Campaign phone:
215-817-3312
Campaign website:
Campaign Facebook: Facebook.com/judgemoulton
Campaign Twitter: @JudgeMoulton

Occupation: Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania
Education: B.A. Amherst College; J.D. Columbia University School of Law
Qualifications: The Judicial Evaluation Comm'n of the Pennsylvania Bar Association concluded: "This commission believes that the candidate possesses the highest combination of legal ability, experience, integrity and temperament and, therefore, highly recommends his candidacy for the Pennsylvania Superior Court.”

Answer to Questions:
What is the most important quality in a judge?

Beyond the baseline requirements of professional competence, integrity, and appropriate judicial temperament, the most important qualification is a commitment to ensuring that every participant in the judicial system is treated fairly and with dignity and respect.

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?
Judges should recuse themselves when their impartiality might reasonably be questioned. In the context of the current judicial campaign, I have recused myself in situations where lawyers providing significant support to my campaign, or members of their firms, represent clients in our court.

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?

I believe deeply in our civil justice system, but it is far from perfect, in large part because too many litigants do not have the resources to afford legal representation in important classes of cases where such representation is not provided by the state. As a result, I have supported and will continue to support efforts to find ways to bridge that gap, including the "Civil Gideon" movement.

 

Maria McLaughlin, Philadelphia, PA—Philadelphia
Campaign email: info@mclaughlin4superiorcourt.com
Campaign phone: 215-605-3114
Campaign Facebook: JudgeMclaughlin4SuperiorCourt
Campaign Twitter: honmmclaughlin
Occupation: Judge Court of Common Pleas
Education: JD
Qualifications: As a Judge in the largest Judicial district in our Commonwealth, I've had the opportunity to issue thousands of rulings. I have been appealed only 5 times and have never had a decision overturned. I believe this uniquely qualifies me for the Superior Court.

Answer to Questions:
What is the most important quality in a judge?

It is most important for a jurist to be objective because parties must have confidence that their case will be heard fairly and impartially.

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?
I have recused myself in a criminal matter after hearing argument on a bail reduction motion. It would be inappropriate for me to hear the underlying case because information was revealed during this motion that would be prejudicial to the defendant in his underlying case.

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?
As a sitting Judge I always ensure that all parties are treated fairly and equally regardless of the issue before the Court. I also believe it is my duty as a Judge to educate the public and is the reason I take part in many community based organizations. I believe I should be a good example both on and off the bench

 

Debbie Kunselman, Center Township - Beaver
Campaign email:
judgedebbieforsuperiorcourt@gmail.com
Campaign phone: 215-605-3114
Campaign Facebook: Deborah Kunselman
Campaign Twitter: @JudgeKunselman
Occupation: Judge
Education: J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, cum laude
B.A., Penn State University, with Honors and with High Distinction
Qualifications: 12 years experience as a trial court judge in Beaver County: presided over family, juvenile and civil matters; 13 years experience as an attorney: represented clients in personal injury, family and employment cases; 8 years as Chief County Solicitor for Beaver County; "Highly Recommended" by the Bar.

Answer to Questions:
What is the most important quality in a judge?

Integrity. If you cannot trust a judge to do the right thing, and follow the law, then who can you trust?

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?
I have and would recuse in cases involving family members, close friends, or former clients. I have also recused in matters involving my campaign officers. I would also recuse in other cases as required by the PA Code of Judicial Conduct, Rule 2.11.

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?
As a judge, on the bench, I can treat self-represented litigants with respect, so they are not intimidated by the legal system. Off the bench, I can speak at seminars and to the general public about the need for all people to have access to a lawyer to protect their legal rights. I can also advocate for state funding for our public defenders. (Pennsylvania is one of only two states that does not provide any state funding to the public defenders' office.)

 

William Caye, South Fayette - Allegheny
Campaign email: info@williamcaye.com
Campaign phone:
Campaign Facebook:
@billcaye4pasuperiorcourtjudge (Bill Caye 4 PA Superior Court Judge)
Campaign Twitter: @billyadam0905 (LinkedIn William F. Caye II)
Occupation: Statewide Criminal and Juvenile Defense Trial Attorney
Education: Duquesne University School of Law JD, front line editor Juris; Duquesne University Liberal Arts BA, Magna cum laude
Qualifications: I am an accomplished trial attorney with 24 years of extensive private and public sector litigation, jury / nonjury trials and motions practice experience, having presented and/or defended thousands of disputes in magistrate courts and in nearly each division of the Common Pleas Court system.  I was a former Assistant DA in Allegheny county and a Senior Deputy Attorney General criminal prosecutor with numerous winning verdicts in major felony actions in elder, sex, child, and domestic abuse matters across our state.  I also previously performed judicial law clerk duties such as: responsive legal research, writing, and advising judges in federal, state, and county posts with exceptional contributions to published opinions and orders, and unpublished memoranda.

Answer to Questions:
What is the most important quality in a judge?

Integrity is the most important quality in a jurist because the litigants and parties deserve an impartial adjudication of their claims or defenses.

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?
Recusal is required when the impartiality of the fact finder may be reasonably called into question due to a conflict of interest, bias or any other factor that may create the appearance of impropriety or cast doubt on the integrity of the jurist.

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?
The rules of judicial conduct permit judges to engage in educational programs, engage in proactive community activities to enhance the perception of the bench and promote equal justice.  On the bench, in chambers, and professional settings, judges must be respectful, courteous, kind and sensitive to the individuals that have business before the Courts.  Judges must be diligent public stewards of the authority vested in them by the people.

 

Republican

 

Emil Giordano, Hanover Township - Northampton
Campaign email:
giordanoforjudge@gmail.com
Campaign phone: 717-234-5424
Campaign Facebook: @judgegiordano
Campaign Twitter:
Occupation:
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
Education: J.D. Villanova Law School, B.A. Moravian College
Qualifications: I have received a "Highly Recommended" rating from the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Answer to Questions:
What is the most important quality in a judge?

Experience. The Pennsylvania Bar Association cited my "broad experience as a practicing attorney, proven record of judicial leadership, high ethical standards and dedication to the legal profession" as they awarded me a "highly recommended" rating. I believe those are important qualities that will serve me well on the Superior Court.

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself?
I believe I have a proven record of conducting myself in a highly ethical manner as it relates to this issue.

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?
The biggest issue that needs to be addressed in the courts is the crisis of public confidence our judiciary faces. Through scandal and ethics lapses, the courts are viewed negatively by too many people. That image will only be changed by electing qualified, ethical judges who will comport themselves in an appropriate manner when in office.

 

Craig Stedman, Manheim Township - Lancaster
Campaign email:
craigstedman17@gmail.com
Campaign phone: 717-234-5424
Campaign Facebook: @stedmanforjudge
Campaign Twitter:
Occupation:
Lancaster District Attorney
Education: B.A. History - University of Delaware; J.D. Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Qualifications: The Pennsylvania Bar Association awarded me a "Highly Recommended" rating.

 

Answer to Questions:
What is the most important quality in a judge?

Experience - Criminal cases make up the great majority of the cases which are pending before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. I will bring extensive criminal law knowledge and experience to the bench and thus the majority of cases. This is particularly important because there is very little combined prosecutorial experience in the Superior Court and not one who ever served as an elected District Attorney.

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?


As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?
I want to become a part of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania to serve the citizens of this state and apply the law fairly and with equal justice for everyone. The concepts of fairness and equal justice are not just words to me and I am committed to interpreting the law with integrity, honor, and common sense. I am committed to making this state a better place for everyone by serving with character, respect, intelligence, and wisdom.

 

Wade A. Kagarise, Borough of Hollidaysburg - Blair
Campaign email:
info@judgekagarise.com
Campaign phone: 717-234-5424
Campaign Facebook: Kagarise for Superior Court
Campaign Twitter:
Occupation:
Court of Common Pleas Judge and Adjunct Professor
Education: B.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, J.D Widener University School of Law
Qualifications: Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, 15 years experience as a criminal prosecutor (the last eight as Chief Deputy) handling all types of criminal cases including murder cases, twelve years experience handling civil, family, and labor law. Adjunct Professor, Infantry Veteran of US Army Reserves..

Answer to Questions:
What is the most important quality in a judge?
I believe experience and temperament are equally important. Judges should have broad based legal experience and should treat those who appear before them with fairness and dignity.

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?
Consistent with the Judicial Cannons, any Judge should recuse themselves with they are unable to decide a matter fairly and impartially or where their fairness or impartiality could reasonably be called into question.

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?
By working to improve the justice system for all Pennsylvanians. I have and will continue to work towards this goal. My experience on appointed committees has provided a venue to work on improvements. I also believe my experience as an adjunct professor has provided me the opportunity to have an impact on future generations of legal professionals.

 

Mary Murray, Moon Township - Allegheny
Campaign email:
judgemarymurraycommittee@gmail.com
Campaign phone: 412-264-0440
Campaign Facebook: Judge Mary P. Murray Committee for PA Superior Court
Campaign Twitter:
Occupation:
Magisterial District Judge & Attorney
Education: Duquesne University, BS/BA 1992, MBA 1995, JD 1996
Qualifications: As Magisterial District Judge for over 13 years and as an attorney for over 20, I have heard cases and practiced law in the areas that come before the Superior Court. In my tenure as a Magisterial District Judge, I have handled over 70,000 cases which make me aware of the concerns of PA citizens.

Answer to Questions:
What is the most important quality in a judge?

The most important quality in a jurist is to listen to the evidence presented at a hearing and to apply the law in a fair and impartial manner. As a jurist giving every citizen their day in Court and being fair and impartial is the only way democracy can continue to flourish in our county.

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?
I have recused myself from cases where police officers who appear regularly in front of me were either victims or defendants. I have also asked for a change in venue on cases where someone has run against me in a recent campaign or if someone called me at my home and tried to influence my decision on a case.

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?
On the bench, I make sure that my staff provides litigates information on their rights to appeal and phone numbers for legal representation through Neighborhood Legal Services or Lawyer Referral Services or the Public Defender's Office. Additionally, we try to provide interpreters when requested by the litigants. Off the bench, every citizen should lobby for adequate funding for the Courts and Legal Service organizations.

 

Paula A. Patrick, Philadelphia - Philadelphia

Campaign email: info@ElectJudgePatrick.com

Campaign phone: 412-527-2759

Campaign Facebook: facebook.com/electJudgePatrick/

Campaign Twitter: @judgepatrickPA

Occupation: Judge of Court of Common Pleas

Education: Bennett College
Texas Southern University-Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Qualifications: Common Pleas Court Judge since 2003
Written more than 400 opinions to the 3 state appellate courts; Trial lawyer for almost 10 years; Former Adjunct professor at LaSalle University; Former City Commissioner, Appointed
 

Answer to Questions:

What is the most important quality in a judge?

I think that courage is the most important quality in a jurist. A judge should not be afraid to make the difficult and hard decisions. A judge should also be able to rise above the pull of politics and public opinion.

 

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?

A judge is required to perform her judicial duties impartially, competently and diligently and should disqualify herself when she cannot perform her duties in an impartial way. A judge should recuse if there is a conflict of interest, personal bias, prejudice or if the judge has an economic interest in the case.
I have recused myself from a case when I was that person's prior judge on a different matter and when necessary in motion to suppress matters.

 

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?

I attempt to educate when possible about the justice system. I speak at forums, schools, community groups, churches, etc. to help give the public information that they may better be able to access justice.

JUDGE OF THE COMMONWEALTH COURT

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Commonwealth Court is one of Pennsylvania's two statewide intermediate appellate courts. This court, which was established in 1968, is unlike any other state court in the nation. Its jurisdiction generally is limited to legal matters involving state and local government and regulatory agencies. Litigation typically focuses on such subjects as banking, insurance and utility regulation and laws affecting taxation, land use, elections, labor practices and workers compensation. Commonwealth Court also acts as a court of original jurisdiction, or a trial court, when lawsuits are filed by or against the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth Court is made up of nine judges who serve 10-year terms. The president judge is chosen by his or her colleagues for a five-year term. The court generally decides cases in three-judge panels and sits in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.

Term: 10 years—Salary $191,422 (Vote for 2)


 

Democratic

 

Timothy Barry, Dormont Borough - Allegheny

Campaign email: timothybarry4judge@gmail.com

Campaign phone: (412) 606-8060

Campaign Facebook: facebook.com/timothybarry4judge

Campaign Twitter: @timothybarry4judge

Occupation: Attorney

Education: J.D. 1979 University of Pittsburgh School of Law
B.A. 1975 University of Pittsburgh

Qualifications: I have practiced municipal and public sector labor law for 37 years. I have been honored to serve as Solicitor for numerous municipalities and to advise many communities on labor relations. I also serve as a Labor Arbitrator. This experience makes me uniquely qualified for the Commonwealth Court.
 

Answer to Questions:

What is the most important quality in a judge?

“[Timothy Barry] is highly regarded and has a long history of pro bono and community service. He has demonstrated a strong work ethic, professionalism and fairness in his interactions with clients and colleagues. The candidate is known for his integrity, knowledge of law and competence.”
I believe that this quote from the PA Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Commission, regarding their opinion of my professional and personal qualities, best describes the ultimate qualities in a jurist.
 

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?

I believe that even the slightest indication of impropriety or conflict is a reason to recuse. I have avoided conflicts throughout my career simply because, if there is any doubt, I recuse myself. In my 37 years of legal practice, I have always maintained the highest level of professionalism.

 

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?

In 2015, I successfully represented a waitress in a Title VII, sexual harassment federal court jury trial. Due to a non disclosure agreement, I cannot divulge further details, but this case was about respect for women and women’s rights. I am committed to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have equal access to a fair judicial system.

 

Joe Cosgrove, Wilkes Barre - Luzerne

Campaign email: info@cosgroveforpa.com

Campaign phone: (570) 213-7515

Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cosgroveforpa/?fref=ts

Campaign Twitter:

Occupation: Judge of the Commonwealth Court

Education: Marywood College, M.A. Studio Arts
Notre Dame School of Law, J.D.
Notre Dame - B.A. Government and Int’l Studies; M.A. Theology
Qualifications: As a sitting judge on the Commonwealth Court, I am uniquely qualified to continue serving the people of Pennsylvania. I formerly served as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas, and am the only Democratic candidate on the ballot to be "Highly Recommended" by the PA Bar Association.

 

Answer to Questions:

What is the most important quality in a judge?

Dedication to fairness and equality. As a Judge on the Commonwealth Court and as a former Judge on the Court of Common Pleas, I have a proven track record of working to ensure fairness, equality and equal access to the law for all Pennsylvanians.

I was taught that everyone matters, that no one is more valuable than anyone else, and that justice and the law are the instruments by which we bring about that equality. Those are the principles that guide me as a Judge on the Commonwealth Court.

 

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?

The cornerstone of every recusal question is (1) whether the judge knows of reasons or circumstances by which he or she would not be able to be fair and impartial, and (2) even if the judge would be fair and impartial, would a reasonable person question that impartiality. As a judge, I wrote an opinion in a case where I recused myself sua sponte. This opinion was published in the Luzerne Legal Register. My recusal decisions are rooted in these principles.


As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?

I have worked to make sure that our courts address the real problems faced by real people. I am especially proud of my work to create problem-solving courts, like Veterans Court, and the Luzerne County Mortgage Mediation Court, which kept families in their homes during the mortgage crisis.

The power of the law to effect people’s lives is immense. On the Commonwealth Court, we understand that our decisions will affect the lives of all Pennsylvanians, possibly for generations to come.


 

Ellen Ceisler, Philadelphia, PA—Philadelphia

Campaign email: info@ceislerforpa.com

Campaign phone: 215-735-6760

Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JudgeEllenCeisler/

Campaign Twitter: @ceislerforpa

Occupation: Judge - Court of Common Pleas

Education: Temple University; Temple University School of Law

Qualifications: I have served in the Criminal Trial Division for the first six years, presiding over jury and non-jury trials involving major felonies. In 2013, I was assigned to the Civil Trial Division, Civil Motions Court, regarded as one of the busiest and most diverse Common Pleas Courts in PA.

 

Answer to Questions:

What is the most important quality in a judge?

I believe that a jurist must be fair, impartial, and free from bias. We must allow the facts of each individual case guild our decisions. It's also critical that jurists be ethical and transparent in all of our decisions.

 

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?

There have been times that I have recused myself from a case

 

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?

We must also provide open access to the courts, meaning that it is should not be difficult or burdensome for the public to interact with us. It’s also vital that our opinions and actions be perceived as fair and independent, since that is the largest issue that the public has with trusting the judiciary. Finally, the public must hold us accountable if we are not performing up to these standards.

 

Todd Eagen, Dunmore - Lackawanna

Campaign email: Zach@toddeagen.com

Campaign phone: 412-855-8782

Campaign Facebook: www.facebook.com/ToddEagenCommonwealthCourtJudge/

Campaign Twitter: @ToddEagen

Occupation: Labor Attorney

Education: BA, Political Science, Point Park University JD, Dickinson School of Law

Qualifications For over 20 years, I have worked as a labor attorney specializing in contract negotiations & arbitrations, workplace discrimination and general counsel to a multitude of labor unions across many different sectors. I have tried hundreds of cases in front of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.

 

Answer to Questions:

What is the most important quality in a judge?

Impartiality. I firmly believe that our judges must be impartial in every case, regardless of who someone is or where they come from. As a judge, I will always remain impartial and fair.




 

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?

While I would have to make the determination on a case by case basis, I would seriously consider recusing myself in instances where I have either represented the litigants in front of me in the past, or feel as though there is an appearance of a conflict of interest.

 

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?

As a judge on Commonwealth Court, I would work with my fellow judges to provide better access to services for pro se litigants. More and more courts are providing these services which allow individuals to represent themselves in situations where they do not need the assistance of an attorney. The Commonwealth Court should follow the direction of the lower courts in instituting these programs.

 

Irene M. Clark, Pittsburgh - Allegheny

Campaign email: ireneforjudge@gmail.com

Campaign phone: 412-848-3731

Campaign Facebook: Irene M. Clark for Judge

Campaign Twitter:

Occupation: Attorney at Law, Mediator

Education: 1982-Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania-B.S., 1988-CUNY Law School, J.D., 1999-McGregor School of Antioch University, M.A./Conflict Resolution

Qualifications: Judge-Pittsburgh Municipal Court-1993-2003; Public Interest Attorney-preventing and addressing blighted and abandoned real estate, training and educating on laws we have, drafting of and advocating for laws we need, implementing new laws, representing inaugural PA land banks-2003-present.

 

Answer to Questions:

What is the most important quality in a judge?

The capacity to be reflective is the most important quality in a jurist. It describes being thoughtful and contemplative. The teaching mantra of my public interest law school was “plan, do, reflect”. It instilled regular historical review of my place in and contributions to social justice as a lawyer and former judge. Just as the moon reflects only the light of the sun, a good jurist’s character, conduct and standards reflect only the highest values and aspirations of our system of democracy.

 

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?

I did not recuse myself from any case during ten years of judicial service on the Pittsburgh Municipal Court. Although I cannot anticipate circumstances under which I would recuse, I will always adhere to judicial conduct rules. I will continuously reflect on my impartiality from an objective point of view, readily disclose relevant information and be guided by Formal Advisory Opinion 2015-4 of the Judicial Ethics Committee of the PA Conference of State Trial Judges.

 

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?

My record demonstrates commitment to social justice as a public interest attorney and to quality court administration as a former judge. As an appellate judge, I will do my part to eliminate the ‘justice gap’. On the bench, I will review trial judges’ use of existing authority to appoint counsel for litigants. Off the bench, I will join and advance the state and national Civil Gideon movement and persevere for systems’ change needed for PA to achieve a record of excellence on access to justice.

 

Bryan Barbin, Westmont - Cambria

Campaign email: mkleinstub@atlanticbb.net

Campaign phone: 814 535 5561

Campaign Facebook:

Campaign Twitter:

Occupation: LEGISLATOR/ATTORNEY

Education: BA Economics JD University of Pittsburgh Law School 1982

Qualifications: Judicial Clerk Pa Supreme Court Deputy Attorney General State Representative


 

Answer to Questions:

 

What is the most important quality in a judge?

Fairness Impartiality and Respect for the Rule of Law

 

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?

Appearance of Partiality

 

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?

Support Pro Bono Programs

 

Republican

 

Paul Lalley, Upper St. Clair Township - AlleghenyCampaign email: lalley4judge@gmail.com

Campaign phone: 412-395-1273

Campaign Facebook: lalley4judge

Campaign Twitter:

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Dickinson School of Law -- J.D. 1996
University of Pennsylvania -- B.A. 1993

Qualifications: I am highly recommended by the Allegheny County Bar Association for Commonwealth Court and have twice been recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association for the Commonwealth Court. I am a former Pennsylvania Supreme Court law clerk and a successful appellate litigator.

 

Answer to Questions:

What is the most important quality in a judge?

Fairness to the parties is the most important quality in a judge. It means treating parties with courtesy, respect, patience, and an open-minded willingness to listen to their positions and allow them to have their say.

 

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?

I would recuse myself from any case where the Code of Judicial Conduct requires my recusal, or in any case where, after serious reflection, I would find that I could not give impartial consideration to a party's cause for whatever reason.

 

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?

Supporting the efforts of the ACBA and the PBA to ensure the provision of effective legal services to all members of our society, regardless of their means, is what I would continue to do if I am elected to the Commonwealth Court.


 

Christine Fizzano Cannon,  Middletown Township - Delaware

Campaign email: christinefizzanocannon@gmail.com

Campaign phone: 215-990-8928

Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judgefizzanocannon

Campaign Twitter:

Occupation: Judge, Court of Common Pleas

Education: Widener U. School of Law, J.D. cum laude 1994, University of Arizona, B.A. 1991

Qualifications: I was honored to be rated "Highly Recommended" by the Pa Bar Judicial Evaluation Comm. for a seat on the Commonwealth Court. My 22 years of experience as a judge, attorney, public official, community leader, and special prosecutor have uniquely prepared me for the position on this Court.

 

Answer to Questions:

What is the most important quality in a judge?

I believe intellect, integrity, humility and temperament are important qualities for effective judges. As head of the court's Civil Trial Section, I listen and consider all sides of each matter before me with impartiality. A courtroom experience is often a rare and difficult experience for litigants. With this in mind, I apply a high level of courtesy and patience in the courtroom, which I believe can positively affect the level of trust and comfort that a litigant has in our justice system.

 

Under what circumstances would you recuse or have you recused yourself from a case?

It is important not only that a judge approach each case with an open mind and complete impartiality, but also that a judge avoid even the appearance of impropriety or partiality, which could undermine the public's confidence in the judiciary. I abide by the rules of judicial conduct which note that a "judge shall disqualify himself or herself in any proceeding in which the judge’s impartiality might reasonably be questioned."

 

As a member of the judiciary, what can you do on and off the bench to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice?

While I cannot advocate for or against specific legislation on the state level, I believe that everyone should have access to the justice system. I worked as a special prosecutor of child support enforcement and represented






 

League of Women Voters of Monroe County

 

2017 Municipal Primary Election


 

MONROE COUNTY TREASURER

(vote for 1)

4 year term

Question:  Do you have a specific suggestion for improving the administration of the office for which you are a candidate?

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

JENNIFER SHUKAITIS

Stroud Township

Campaign Website::  http:/www.facebook.com/JenniferShukaitisforTreasurer

D.O.B.: 09/17/1976

EDUCATION: 1998, East Stroudsburg University, B.S.; 2000, Colorado State University, M.S.

OCCUPATION: Business owner: Medical Biller/Coder: Accountant Assistant

QUALIFICATIONS: General Management, 17 Years; Bookkeeping/Ledger/Reporting, 17 Years; Accounting Assistant, 3 Years; ESHS Class of 1994 Treasurer, 25 Years

ANSWER: I would increase awareness of available licenses for improvement of sales and compliance. I would also increase administrative efficiency in relevant, cost-effective ways, including further advancement of technology. I will continue to work toward maintaining the highest possible interest income within the provisions of the county code, all of which would help to offset taxes.

 

LISA D. BREUNIG

Middle Smithfield

D.O.B.: 05/18/1978

EDUCATION: Expected 2018, Albright College, B.S. in Accounting

OCCUPATION: Accounting Technician at Monroe County Fiscal Affairs Office

QUALIFICATIONS: Accounting Technician, present; Bookkeeper, 4 years; Paralegal, 8 years; Customer Service, 2 years.

ANSWER: If elected, I will review the current procedures to identify more efficient ways to perform the current duties. Where necessary, I will automate processes by converting ledger worksheets to excel format. In addition, I will utilize the County’s financial system to its full potential, thus streamlining the office procedures.

 

REPUBLICAN

 

THERESA JOHNSON

UNOPPOSED



 

MONROE COUNTY CORONER

(vote for one)

4 year term

 

REPUBLICAN

 

ROBERT M. ALLEN

UNOPPOSED

 

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE

(vote for 1)

Term: 6 years

 

Question:  Do you have a specific suggestion for improving the administration of the office for which you are a candidate?

 

All candidates for Magisterial Judge are cross-filed under both the Republican and Democratic parties.  Biographical information and response to the question appear according to the order candidates will appear on the Democratic ballot.

 

DISTRICT 43-2-02

(East Stroudsburg Borough)

 

MICHAEL R. MUTH

UNOPPOSED

 

DISTRICT 43-3-01

(Coolbaugh Township)

 

DANIELLE TRAVAGLINE

Did not respond.

 

KURT CUMMINGS

Did not respond.

 

TOMAS KEANE

Did not respond.





 

DISTRICT 43-3-02

(Hamilton and Stroud Townships)

 

SAMANTHA R. BREITLAUCH

Hamilton Township

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  fulltimeandfair.com

D.O.B.: 09/14/1993

EDUCATION:  2011 - Stroudsburg High, honors, varsity rifle, TSA. FBLA; 2016 - present-NCACC, business mgnt/adm, honors; June 2017 - certification pending, PA Minor Judiciary Education Board - state mandated certification course - rigorous MDJ training

OCCUPATION: Technician

QUALIFICATIONS: Intelligent, energetic, hard-working; bilingual English/German, some Spanish/ASL; 2011-2016 - Amazon.com. manager/trainer; trained emerging work sites, fast-paced corporate environment; current - CCVS, technician

ANSWER: “Fulltime and Fair” - District Courts were historically designed as “people’s” courts, where trained magistrates settled minor legal issues.  Hamilton/Stroud residents were served well for generations by non-lawyers.  As state-mandated salaries and benefits increased, more lawyers sought magisterial positions as part-time jobs.  Touting legal expertise, they unfairly maintain private law practices/professorships at public expense.  Police/defendants require immediate court access.  My future office will be user/consumer friendly and full-time, giving all the respect they deserve, regardless of counsel accompaniment

 

DAN HIGGINS

Stroud Township

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  ReelectJudgeHiggins.com

D.O.B.: 05/26/1967

EDUCATION: 1989, Villanova University, BS, 1995, District of Columbia Law School, JD

OCCUPATION: Magisterial District Judge

QUALIFICATIONS: Magisterial District Judge, 5 years;  decided thousands of criminal and civil cases since 2012. Completed hundreds of hours of Judge education training since 2012; PA Licensed Attorney, 20 years, Skilled legal researcher by computer or book.

ANSWER: We could greatly expedite the filing and processing of criminal citations and complaints filed by SARP officers by implementing an electronic filing system such as the one being utilized currently by the Pennsylvania State Police. They are electronically filing their citations with my Court and since starting this program have reported a decrease in time of traffic stops by half and further the efficiencies created are estimated statewide to save court staff 77,000 hours annually.

 

DISTRICT 43-3-03

(Jackson and Pocono Townships)

 

JENNIFER ANN WISE

Pocono Township

D.O.B.: 10/08/1969

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Facebook:  Jennifer Wise for Magisterial District Judge

EDUCATION: 1994, Mississippi College School of Law, Doctorate of Jurisprudence; 1991, Muhlenberg College, BA, English and Art History; 1997, Pocono Mountain High School

OCCUPATION: Attorney

QUALIFICATIONS: Lawyer for past 23 years practicing a wide variety of criminal & civil law from adoption to zoning, Protection from Abuse defense advocate & victim advocate, child guardian, divorce master, arbitrator, Children & Youth conflict solicitor, township solicitor. 2002 Women’s Resources Community Recognition Award.//

ANSWER: I suggest creating a Night Court to accommodate officer & litigant schedules. I also suggest establishing a Community Service Initiative so defendants who have committed crimes within our communities perform their service within the boundaries of Pocono & Jackson Townships for our benefit (e.g. litter control). And, I suggest establishing a Diversionary Program at the MDJ level to provide early intervention for defendants exhibiting signs of drug addiction to help prevent more serious crimes from being committed for a safer community.

 

DANIEL KRESGE

Pocono Township

D.O.B.: 10/10/1969

EDUCATION: Pocono Mountain High School, 1988; 1994, Allentown Police Academy, ACT 120 Certification; 2017, Minor Judiciary Education Board, Magisterial District Judge certification

OCCUPATION: Police Officer (currently Corporal) with Pocono Township Police since 1994

QUALIFICATIONS: Police Officer for 22 years; Corporal/Supervisor, 8 years; court experience including but not limited to summary cases (traffic and non-traffic), misdemeanor and felony cases.

ANSWER: I am committed to serving the residents of Pocono and Jackson Townships as a full time Magisterial District Judge. My goal is to be available to law enforcement when needed. I will work closely with the Pocono Township Police Department and the PA State Police in an attempt to schedule hearings in a timely and efficient manner which will cut down on officers court time and ultimately save the taxpayers money.

 

DISTRICT 43-3-04

(Chestnuthill, Eldred, Polk and Ross Townships)

 

DEBBIE YORK

Chestnuthill Township

D.O.B.: 07/18/1954

EDUCATION: Pleasant Valley High School, 1972; Minor Judiciary Education Certification, 1987- Wilson College; East Stroudsburg University, psychology, 1990; Various classes in addiction and abuse.

OCCUPATION: Retired

QUALIFICATIONS: 24 years Magisterial District Judge: 6 years Chestnuthill, Eldred, Ross & Polk Townships; 18 years Chestnuthill & Jackson Townships; President, West End Rotary 2015-2016; Vice President Board of Trustees, Western Pocono Library

ANSWER:Magisterial District Judges should be in their office full time and should not be allowed to practice law.

 

COLLEEN MANCUSO

Chestnuthill Township

D.O.B.: 02/15/1966

EDUCATION: 1993, Ohio Northern University, School of Law, J.D.; 1988, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. BA, Secondary Education

OCCUPATION: Magisterial District Judge of Chestnuthill and Jackson Townships

QUALIFICATIONS: Incumbent since 2012. Former Assistant District Attorney for Monroe County 2001-2011; Former Public Defender for Monroe County, 1994-1997; Civil Attorney, 1997-2016

ANSWER: My court has a unique situation in which Eldred, Ross and Polk Townships will join Chestnuthill Township to form District Court 43-3-04. To accommodate the increased caseload, I plan to hold criminal court twice a week to offer more scheduling options to the parties involved, Civil, traffic, non-traffic, landlord/tenant, truancy, and weddings will be scheduled throughout the week and into the later afternoons.

 

DISTRICT 43-4-01

(Delaware Water Gap Borough, Smithfield, Middle Smithfield Townships)

 

FRED CUTAIO

Smithfield Township

D.O.B.: 10/03/1965

EDUCATION: 2004, Rutgers Law School, Newark, JD; 2001, Rutgers University, New Brunswick BA

OCCUPATION: Monroe County Public Defender

QUALIFICATIONS: Assistant Public Defender, Monroe County, 12 years

ANSWER: I plan to schedule proceedings before the court in a timely manner and will be present when needed so that the public, attorneys, defendants, and the police can have their matters heard as efficiently as possible. I plan on best dispensing with cases while still in the lower courts, so as not to tie up the Court of Common Pleas with cases that do not need to be there.


 

BRIAN GERMANO

Smithfield Township

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  judgegermano.com

D.O.B.: 09/09/1959

EDUCATION: City University of New York Law School at Queens College, JD, Dean’s letter, moot court, law journal. University of Connecticut, MA; Syracuse University, AB, Phi beta kappa, magna cum laude, Dean’s list

OCCUPATION: Magisterial District Judge

QUALIFICATIONS: Judge, 12 years; Adjunct Professor, Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice, 10 years; Attorney, 24 years.

ANSWER: I suggest making the magisterial district courts more helpful to working people by increasing the jurisdictional limit; eliminating absent-plaintiff default judgments; rewriting zoning enforcement procedure; appointing a pretrial services agency to assist in bail matters; authorizing referral of the mentally ill to treatment, admission of DUI defendants to ARD, and sentencing of first offense DUI defendants; increasing sentencing discretion; strengthening financial controls governing constables; and directing a judge-led task force to redesign forms.

 

MITCHELL K. MARCUS

Did not respond.

 

DISTRICT 43-4-04

(Tobyhanna and Tunkhannock Townships)

 

RICHARD S. CLAYPOOL

UNOPPOSED

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT CANDIDATES

 

Question:  Do you have a specific suggestion for improving the administration of the office for which you are a candidate?

 

Most candidates for school director are cross-filed under both the Republican and Democratic Parties.  Biographical information and response to the question appear according to the order candidates will appear on the ballot under the Democratic Party slate.

 

EAST STROUDSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT

(Monroe: East Stroudsburg Borough, Middle Smithfield, Price, Smithfield Townships; Pike: Lehman and Porter Townships)

 

SCHOOL DIRECTOR AT LARGE

(vote for not more than 4)

Term: 4 years

 

RONN BRADLEY

UNOPPOSED

 

RICHARD SCHLAMEUSS

UNOPPOSED

 

LARRY DYMOND

UNOPPOSED


 

PLEASANT VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

(Chestnuthill, Eldred, Polk and Ross Townships)

 

SCHOOL DIRECTOR AT LARGE

(vote for no more than 4)

Term: 4 years

 

LEN PEETERS

Kunkletown

D.O.B.: 61 years old

EDUCATION: 1978, Iona College, B.B.A.

OCCUPATION: Branch Manager, Semper Home Loans

QUALIFICATIONS: Volunteered for 17 years at all levels of the Pleasant Valley School District: PVE- PTO 4 years; PVI - PTO, 4 years (President for 3 years); PVMS - Parent Advisory Committee, 2 years; PVHS, Band Parents President, 3 years; Coach West End Soccer, 4 years

ANSWER: As a local business owner, I am committed to the interests of the Pleasant Valley community for the long haul. A School Director needs to communicate with residents having questions or concerns regarding school district issues. Taxpayers deserve honesty, integrity, transparency and accountability. My objective is to be fiscally responsible to taxpayers while maintaining a quality education for our students. My experience with the school district will help me make the tough decisions.


 

DONNA YOZWIAK

Did not respond.

 

LINDA S. MICKLOS

Effort

D.O.B.: 10/25/1952

EDUCATION: Northampton College, A.A.S., Dental Hygiene

OCCUPATION: Registered Dental Hygienist

QUALIFICATIONS: Lehigh Valley Dental Hygienist Association Member, 23 years; American Dental Hygiene Academy Member, 20 years; Pleasant Valley School Director, 12 years; Joint Operating Committee Member of Monroe Career and Technical Institute, 8 years; Polk Township Ladies Auxiliary Member.

ANSWER: A school director is charged with making difficult decisions that impact all levels of our community. The education of our students is foremost but being mindful of the community that supports these students is also important. Homeowners are our primary tax base. Maintaining a 0.00% increase in property taxes while continuing to support our students with the necessary tools that take them into the 21st century is a priority.

 

JOEL SMITH

Did not respond.



 

LAURA JECKER

Effort

D.O.B.:

EDUCATION: 2004, University of Phoenix, BS, Business/Marketing, dual major, Management; 2011, University of Phoenix, MAEd, Elementary Education;  2013, Wilkes University, 27 credits Middle School Math.

OCCUPATION: Research and Business Management Consulting

QUALIFICATIONS: Business, marketing and public relations management; 27 years; teaching, 6 years; have attended school board meetings for last years.

ANSWER: Being the only non-board member running who has consistently attended board meetings, I know the issues and how to address them. The taxpayers, students, and staff deserve members experienced in management ,troubleshooting and public relations to address the important issues like enrollment, curriculum, staffing, and employee morale. We can streamline our budget and still provide a quality education for all plus a pleasant work environment for our staff. Teamwork is key!


 

ROBERT E. SERFASS

Did not respond.

 

DOUG WISSER

Saylorsburg

D.O.B.:

EDUCATION: Raritan Community College, NJ, 1982, Business/Marketing; Glassboro State College, NJ, 1983, Business/Marketing

OCCUPATION: Sales, Fedway Associations

QUALIFICATIONS: 14 months, Pleasant Valley School Board; 19 years, Business Marketing/Sales, customer service and public relations.

ANSWER: My goal is to improve the working relationship between the school board and administration, faculty and staff, and the community.  I want to make sure school board policies are being fully inforced.  I will be educated and prepared for the decisions the board needs to make and ready to ask the tough questions.  Ethical decisions need to be made with full consideration of our community and students needs.

 

DANIEL WUNDER

Kunkletown

D.O.B.:09/01/1953

EDUCATION: 1975, East Stroudsburg University, BS Secondary Education; 1976, East Stroudsburg University, Elementary Certification; 1984, East Stroudsburg University, MA, History; 1984, Penn State University, Elementary and Secondary Administration

OCCUPATION: Retired - Elementary School Principal from the Pleasant Valley School District

QUALIFICATIONS: Educator and administrator in Pleasant Valley SD, 32 years; PTO member, 25 years; School Director since 2014.

ANSWER: Improving the position of school director would have directors gaining an understanding of their role on the board.  It is important that directors stay in touch with the community and are accessible and responsive; while at the same time it is important that directors realize that there are policies, guidelines and protocol in place that facilitate decision making.  All stakeholders in the district should expect directors to respect their interests in working together for the kids.

 

THOMAS MURPHY

Effort

D.O.B.: 12/13/1955

EDUCATION: St. John’s University - Major Business Administration,, 2 years

OCCUPATION: Wall Street Compliance Consultant

QUALIFICATIONS: Member of the Pleasant Valley Board for 16 years; VP/COO of Bishop, Rosen & Co., as well as its technology, compliance and financial officer, 40 years; 30+ years proud PV resident with 3 grandchildren now attending PV.

ANSWER: Ensuring that every child receives a quality education; that with every decision there is a balance between what is best for our children yet fiscally responsible for our community. Ensure that our schools are safe and secure. Ensure that Board decisions are transparent; that the staff we hire are the best qualified for the position and not based on personal agendas which cannot and should not be a part of any Board decision.

 

SCHOOL DIRECTOR AT LARGE

(vote for 1)

Term: 2 years

 

LINDA S. MICKLOS

(see above)

 

LEN PEETERS

(see above)

 

JOEL SMITH

(see above)

 

DOUG WISSER

(see above)

 

ROBERT E. SERFASS

(see above)

 

LAURA JECKER

(see above)

 

THOMAS MURPHY

(see above)

 

POCONO MOUNTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT

(Region 1: Barrett, Paradise and Pocono Townships)

(Region 2  Jackson, Tobyhanna and Tunkhannock Townships)

(Region 3: Coolbaugh Township and Mount Pocono Borough)

 

SCHOOL DIRECTOR REGION 1

(vote for not more than 2)

Term: 4 years

 

EDWARD J  (ED) WATTO

Cresco

D.O.B.: 04/16/

EDUCATION:  1955, Stevens Technical - Machinist Diploma; 1956 US Army Machinist School - #1 graduate in class; 1962, East Stroudsburg University, BS; 1964, East Stroudsburg, ME

OCCUPATION: Retired

QUALIFICATIONS: President - Centennial League, 18 years; Vice President - Mountain Valley Conference; President - District 11 Athletic Director Assn.; PA Region 2 Athletic Director of the Year; President - L.V. Chapter NFF & College Hall of Fame

ANSWER:  After being at Pocono Mountain for over 40 years, I have strong feelings for the District.  Pocono Mountain is an outstanding school.  Graduates have become enlisted military, officers, admirals, generals, doctors, nurses, lawyers and many in the domestic workforce.  We need to maintain a strong faculty.  The Board of Directors have been outstanding holding property taxes at the same level each year.  With my leadership, experience, I look forward to help Pocono Mountain continue at a high level.

 

ANNABELLA M. LASTOWSKI

Swiftwater

D.O.B.: 01/06/1942

EDUCATION: 1965, Indiana University of PA, BS; 1970, Clarion University of PA, MA

OCCUPATION: Retired Teacher

QUALIFICATIONS: Present Member: Pocono Mountain School Board; Our Lady of Victory Church and Contemporary Choir; Pocono Township Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary; PM East Red and White Touchdown Club; PASR

ANSWER: Public input is vital to the success of our school district on topics that impact the health, welfare, safety and educational success of our students. Our PMSD community members have a wealth of experience and knowledge that could benefit the administration and school board when policies and projects are being developed. I would like to suggest public work sessions to utilize the experience and expertise of our community members.

 

JAMES GAMBLE

Tannersville

D.O.B.: 01/02/1963

EDUCATION: 1981, St. John’s University; 1982-1986, United States Navy

OCCUPATION: Home Sales Consultant, Precision Home Builders

QUALIFICATIONS: President of Big Pocono Little League, 3 years; Vice President of YAPM Football & Cheerleading, 3 years; Advisor for High School Youth Group, 14 years; Knights of Columbus Grand Knight, 1 year

ANSWER: I feel that the current Board has done an outstanding job of working to lower taxes in the area but the budget at the school needs to be carefully looked over and adjusted to lower taxes even more.

 

SCHOOL DIRECTOR, REGION 2

(vote for not more than 2)

Term: 4 years

 

JOHN COYLE

UNOPPOSED

 

FRANK PECCI

UNOPPOSED

 

SCHOOL DIRECTOR, REGION 3

(vote for 1)

Term: 4 years

 

MICHAEL A. STERN

UNOPPOSED


 

STROUDSBURG AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

(Delaware Water Gap and Stroudsburg Boroughs, Hamilton and Stroud Townships)

 

SCHOOL DIRECTOR AT LARGE

(vote for no more than 4)

Term: 4 years

 

ALEXANDER REINCKE

Stroudsburg

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/cleanslatesasd

D.O.B.: 05/04/1997

EDUCATION: Stroudsburg High School, 2015;John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Ft. Bragg, NC, 2015

East Stroudsburg University, Junior year

OCCUPATION: Full time student; Army Reservist

QUALIFICATIONS: Stroudsburg Student Representative to the School Board (2014-2015)

ANSWER:  In years past, committees allowed the Board to delegate tasks, as well as facilitating communication between faculty and the Board.  Unfortunately these have been disbanded.  As Student Representative to the Board, the subsequent breakdown in communication and relations with the union, student body, and community was witnessed by me first hand.  It will be my personal mission to restore a dialogue, so that we may tackle the issues that face the school district together.

 

MARCY COTTLE (Democratic Party, not cross-filed)

Did not respond.


 

JIM BURKE

Stroudsburg

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  https://www.facebook.com\cleanslatesasd/

D.O.B.: 08/03/1977

EDUCATION: 1998, College of New Jersey, BA; 2003, Baruch College, MA in Public Administration

OCCUPATION: Teacher, Bangor Area School District

QUALIFICATIONS: Over a decade of teaching experience at all levels; Management and budget experience as Director of Operations at The Center for Jewish History; Received Innovative Teaching Grant from the PSEA

ANSWER: The school board needs to be responsible stewards of public tax dollars while supporting a vision for student-centered learning. I plan to bring rigor and innovation to the Stroudsburg Area School District. Special attention must be paid to the following issues: reducing elementary school class size; reintroducing board committees to encourage community and staff involvement in important decisions; focus on the development of problem solving skills that can be broadly applied.

 

BRAD STRASSER

Stroudsburg

D.O.B.: 1957

EDUCATION: 1980, Pennsylvania State University, BS

OCCUPATION: American Airlines pilot

QUALIFICATIONS: School Director, 4 years

ANSWER: none given

 

CEM ZEYTINOGLU

Did not respond.

 

RICHARD PIERCE

Stroudsburg

D.O.B.: 1960

EDUCATION:

OCCUPATION: Building Contractor

QUALIFICATIONS:  Business owner for 39 years; Board member for 7 years

ANSWER:  There are many things that need to be done to control spending and still deliver a quality education.  Number one is an affordable teacher contract.  A health benefit plan that in line with the health plan of tax payers, exiting plan is not affordable.  We need to invest into technology which will allow us to offer more to are students and enhance quality of education we can offer students.

 

BRUCE STEWART

Stroudsburg

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/StroudsburgSchoolBoardRecap/

D.O.B.: 09/08/1965

EDUCATION: 1990, Penn State University, BS; USMCR, 1984-1990

OCCUPATION: Region Director Kalmbach Feeds

QUALIFICATIONS: Business experience, 27 years; School Director, 4 years: Reduced costs while preserving programs during budgetary crisis; Improved performance and efficiency of administration; never voted for a tax increase; Increased transparency and accountability in spending; proposed tax decrease.

ANSWER: For 3.5 years we have prevented oppressive tax increases, addressed excessive spending, and right-sized schools while preserving SASD’s excellent programs and improving student performance.  We have implemented actuarial costing for any major expense, especially labor contracts.  We also use a fact-based decision-making process which has allowed board members to work harmoniously toward our shared goal of preparing our students for a brighter future through implementing our five-year plan based on these successful principles.

 

JAMES J. VAGLIARDO

Stroudsburg

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  http://linkedin.com

D.O.B.: 08/10/1948

EDUCATION: EdD, Educational Theory and Practice, Binghamton University; MS, Advanced Technology, Binghamton University; MS, Mathematics Education, SUC Oneonta; BA Mathematics Education, SUC Cortland

OCCUPATION: Retired Educator

QUALIFICATIONS: Accomplished career in education as teacher, director, coordinator, professor, supervisor; fiscal conservative, experienced managing school funding; leadership roles as designer, innovator, and consultant for school redesign

ANSWER: Invest in the quality of public schooling to enrich our community’s future; alleviate the burden on local taxpayers through fiscally responsible practices, return to an atmosphere of mutual respect between teachers and the Board of Education, employ wise use of effective instructional technology, limit resources (time/money) spent on unnecessary high stakes testing, connect students to important ideas that enhance personal development and enrich lives, support meaningful learning practices, enabling students’ future employment and life-long learning.

 

TAMEKO PATTERSON

Did not respond.

 

CINDY BLAKE

Stroudsburg

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Face Book Cindy Blake School Board

D.O.B.: 01/01/1962

EDUCATION: 1979, ESSH; 1980-1982, East Stroudsburg University

OCCUPATION: Preschool teacher, Rainbow Trail Preschool

QUALIFICATIONS: Supervisor, 6 years; Guest Services/Secretary, Shawnee Mountain, 18 years; PTA President, 7 years; officer, 10 years; Parent Ambassador, 3 years; Lifetime PTA PA member, Preschool teacher, 8 years; regularly attend Stroudsburg meetings for 19 years.

ANSWER: During my first term, I helped to push the implementation of a five-year plan. Doing this has put the district on a better path. Building a better curriculum and improving our tech department is on our agenda moving forward. Upon reelection, I look forward to working with our staff for the betterment of our students. I also intend on helping the community get more involved to build a better district and stronger community foundation.



 

MONROE COUNTY MUNICIPAL CANDIDATES

 

Municipal offices are listed in alphabetical order according to borough/township. Only candidates for township supervisor, borough council member, mayor and  tax collector were asked to complete the LWV questionnaire.  For all other municipal candidates, only their names are listed as they appear on the ballot.

 

Question:  Do you have a specific suggestion for improving the administration of the office for which you are a candidate?

 

BARRETT TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for not more than 2)

Term: 6 years

 

Democratic

 

LOREE GUTHRIE

UNOPPOSED

 

PATRICIA O’KEEFE

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

RALPH G. MEGLIOLA

Mountainhome

D.O.B.: 08/28/1962

EDUCATION: Pocono Mountain High School, 1980; Attended East Stroudsburg University until 1983

OCCUPATION: self-employed; owner of RGM Enterprises and Tall Timber Barn

QUALIFICATIONS: Barrett Township Supervisor, 7 years; Past Campaign Chairman - United Way; Barrett Township Volunteer Fireman, 28 years; Past member, Pocono Mountain Rotary; Board member, Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commission; 4 years Sargeant of Arms for PSATS

ANSWER: I would encourage more Barrett citizens to get involved, to know their thoughts and ideas on important issues facing our township.  To have continued development of programs with neighboring townships;  To work for a county-wide group to battle unfounded mandates from Harrisburg; To bring better management as opposed to raising taxes to fix our problems; and, most importantly, to work with the school board, the citizens, and the commissioners to battle our runaway taxes!

 

GRANT HILFIGER

Did not respond.

 

JAY PERRINE, II

Did not respond.

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

Term: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

JUDITH LINDER

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

No candidate

 

CONSTABLE

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

No candidate

 

BARRETT ONE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

BARRETT TWO

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate



 

CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

Term: 6 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

CHUCK GOULD

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

Term:  4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

JUNE O’NEILL

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

JOANNE DAVIDSON

UNOPPOSED


 

CHESTNUTHILL ONE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

CHESTNUTHILL TWO

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

GLENN E. HINTON

 

REPUBLICAN

 

JUDY EDDY

 

CHESTNUTHILL THREE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

CHESTNUTHILL FOUR

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

MARTHA STOUT

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

BARBARA BOBBIE SNYDER

COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for not more than 2)

Term: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

 

CLARE COLGAN

Tobyhanna

D.O.B.: 04/04/1959

EDUCATION:

OCCUPATION: Manager for Raceway Management

QUALIFICATIONS: Chairperson for Coolbaugh Township Parks and Recreation Committee, 13 years; Vice Chairperson, Coolbaugh Township Environmental Advisory Council, 12 years

ANSWER: We need to come up with a plan to attract business to the township so we do not continue to lose our children to other areas and states. As a lifelong resident of the township it is a shame to see the youth leave the area in search of good jobs.



 

LYNN KELLY

Tobyhanna

D.O.B.: 02/04/1958

EDUCATION: 1980, Keystone College, Graduated magna com laude, Business/Accounting Major; 1976, Pocono Mountain High School

OCCUPATION: Accountant

QUALIFICATIONS: Coolbaugh Supervisor, 11 years; Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commission, 3 years; Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services, 2 years; Coolbaugh Township Auditor, 2 years; Coolbaugh Township Parks and Recreation Commission, 2 years

ANSWER:  Coolbaugh Township is a wonderful diverse community with endless possibilities, but we need to improve how we connect with our residents.  Information and available services for the township are not broadcast out in ways that match today’s world.  For example:  the township sponsors four bulk cleanups a year, but if a resident doesn’t see the newspaper advertisement they may miss out on this service.  We need to update how we communicate and increase community involvement.

 

PHYLLIS HAASE

Did not respond.

 

RONNIE E. BYRD

Tobyhanna

D.O.B.: 11/02/1955

EDUCATION:  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, BS

OCCUPATION:  Retired.

QUALIFICATIONS:  25 years as a senior non-commissioned officer responsible for both Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine in Caribbean and Latin America safety and health.

ANSWER:  As a township supervisor I plan adding parks to the township;  Ensuring the town is moving forward into the 21st century; Protecting for the township seniors.  Remove all cars that are not operational and not registered with PA DMV or its surrounding states, i.e. New York and New Jersey,


 

REPUBLICAN PARTY

 

JUAN JOHN ADAMS

Tobyhanna

D.O.B.: 02/03/1960

EDUCATION: 2002, John Jay College, BS; 1984, Queensborough Community College, AS

OCCUPATION: Realtor

QUALIFICATIONS: Township Supervisor, 5 years

ANSWER: There are two areas which I will concentrate on improving: public safety and financial stability. In public safety we need to work on developing a better relationship with the Pocono Mountain Police Commission and Department. Financially our township has to be sound. In the past five years I have seen our township go from borrowing to paying its bills to having a fund to pay our bills. We need to continually stay within our means.

 

BRIAN VISAKAY

Did not respond.

 

JIM FRUTCHEY, JR

Tobyhanna

D.O.B.: 01/27/1941

EDUCATION: 1958, Coolbaugh Township High School; 1985, Associate Degree in Telecommunication

OCCUPATION: Retired

QUALIFICATIONS: Township Supervisor, 24 years; Township Auditor, 19 years; Township Recycling Coordinator, 24 years; Township Emergency Management Coordinator, 20 years; Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority, 13 years; Coolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Company, 60 years; Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commission; Pocono Mountain Council of Government, 10 years

ANSWER:  I have no suggestions for improvements at this time.  I do want continued respect to each other and good communications between all Board of Supervisors; and we all work together to do what’s right for our residents.

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

GRATZ WASHENIK

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

THOMAS DOWLING

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

No candidate

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

COOLBAUGH ONE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

COOLBAUGH TWO

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

MARGARET WILLIAMS

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

SCOTT WILLIAMS

 

COOLBAUGH THREE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

DORIS S. HINES


 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

COOLBAUGH FOUR

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

DEATRA CUMMINGS

 

REPUBLICAN

 

MATTHEW PAUL DENICO


 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate


 

DELAWARE WATER GAP BOROUGH

 

MAYOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

AUBREY LEVY

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

LARRY B. FRESHCORN, JR.

UNOPPOSED

 

COUNCILMEMBER

(vote for not more than 4)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

TIM SNOW

UNOPPOSED

 

WILLIAM BUZZARD

UNOPPOSED

 

EILEEN NOELLE WHITE

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

CHRISTINE A. FARBER

UNOPPOSED

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

RUTH MCWILLIAMS


 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

REBECCA K. FRESHCORN


 

EAST STROUDSBURG BOROUGH

 

MAYOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

ARMAND M. MARTINELLI

UNOPPOSED

 

COUNCILMEMBER - FIRST WARD

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

SONIA WOLBERT

UNOPPOSED

 

COUNCILMEMBER - THIRD WARD

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

ROGER L. DELARCO

UNOPPOSED

 

COUNCILMEMBER - SIXTH WARD

 

NO CANDIDATE

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

SIOBHAN DUNLEAVY

East Stroudsburg

D.O.B.: 1970

EDUCATION: 1988. East Stroudsburg High School, Academic (Diploma); 1992, Universidad de Villadolid (Spain), Certificate - General Studies; 1994, East Stroudsburg University, BA

OCCUPATION: Administrative Assistant, Purchasing Department, Kalahari Resorts

QUALIFICATIONS: Deputy Tax Collector, 2 years; Assistant to Tax Collector, 4 years; Title Insurance Settlement Agent, 9 years; Bonded Notary Public, 9 years (current)

ANSWER:If elected, I plan to offer easily accessible office hours, plus appointments, and additional availability at deadlines, timely return of calls and correspondence, whether requests for information or receipts.  As your Public Servant, I will offer any additional help and information I can give to assist constituents with their property tax needs, such as Applications for Homestead Act, Property Tax Exemptions or Appeals, Reassessment or Appeals, and Tax Certifications, and Notary Public services, if needed.

 

ALBERTA SUE TALLADA

Did not respond.

 

EAST STROUDSBURG FIFTH WARD

 

CONSTABLE

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

ROBERT EDINGER

 

EAST STROUDSBURG FIRST WARD

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

EAST STROUDSBURG SECOND WARD

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

JANET LINTZ

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

EAST STROUDSBURG THIRD WARD

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

EAST STROUDSBURG FOURTH WARD

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

CAROL A. POOLEY

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

CONNIE HOGAN

 

REPUBLICAN

 

JOHN C. POOLEY

 

EAST STROUDSBURG FIFTH WARD

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

EAST STROUDSBURG SIXTH WARD

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

MARGARET STISH

 

ELDRED TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

Term:  6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

GARY A HOFFMAN

Kunkletown

D.O.B.: 03/09/1953

EDUCATION: Pleasant Valley High School; Certifications: Emergency Management, Voluntary Fire Service and Law Enforcement

OCCUPATION: Monroe County Control Center (911) Director of Communications, 39 years

QUALIFICATIONS: Resident of Eldred Township, 48 years. Providing public safety services as a volunteer and paid professional for the 170,000 residents of Monroe County, 40+ years

ANSWER: My vision is to engage our best resource in Eldred Township: our people, our residents. I believe there is a perception by some people that government can solve all their problems, but they do not want government to control their lives. However, to solve the people’s problems the only option is to control their lives. People need to be responsible and held accountable for their actions.

 

ELLERSLIE W. HELM

Did not respond.

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

LENNA M. KUEHNER

Did not respond.


 

MINDY S HARRIS

Did not respond.

 

DARCY L. GANNON

Kunkletown

D.O.B.: 12/21/1948

EDUCATION: 1997, East Stroudsburg University, BA; 2014, Cappella University, Master of Public Administration

OCCUPATION: Billing and collections, Wind Gap Municipal Authority

QUALIFICATIONS:Banking, Citizens Bank and Trust, Palmerton, 7 years; Billing and collections, ESU Finance and Administration, 22 years.  More than 30 years volunteer service at the local and county level.

ANSWER: In today’s economy, the payment of real estate tax bills can be a hardship for taxpayers.  A tax collector should make every effort to provide exemplary customer service in a pleasant atmosphere.  It is critical to be organized and efficient so that payment may be processed promptly and reports can be filed correctly and on time.  My 30 plus years of experience in cash handling, billing, and collections will enable me to provide this service.

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

No candidate

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

KAREN ANTHONY

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

PEARL ECKHART


 

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

Term:  6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

KATHLEEN M. KILKER

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

LAWRENCE (BUDDY) BUZZARD

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

JUDI WARNER

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

DENNIS W. DESHLER, SR.

UNOPPOSED

 

HAMILTON NORTHERN

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

SHIRLEY BOYER

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

KAREN STYLIANIDES

 

REPUBLICAN

EILEEN S. DAVALL

 

HAMILTON SOUTHERN

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

MARIE KRESGE


 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

JOAN M. EILENBERGER

 

REPUBLICAN

 

VALERIE CONGER


 

JACKSON TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

ROB MOORE

Stroudsburg

D.O.B.: 01/18/1980

EDUCATION: 1998, Notre Dame High School; East Stroudsburg University course of study in Business 2 years complete

OCCUPATION: Linehaul driver for Old Dominion Freight Line, Allentown PA

QUALIFICATIONS: Business owner, Blakeslee Laundromat, Tannersville Laundromat; Eagle Scout Troop 85, Tannersville 1998; active member Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company; resident of Jackson Township, 36 years. I know what is good for the people of this township.

ANSWER: My main objective as a candidate for supervisor is to improve the working relationship between township government and the residents, showing them that government can work for them. In order to do this we have to renew the contract with PennDot for winter snow plowing of the State roads within our township. This is the number one issue that has come up over and over again in my door to door visits. //

 

DONALD C. KRESGE, SR

Stroudsburg

D.O.B.: 09/22/1936

EDUCATION: High School graduate; 1 year, Oakland College, California

OCCUPATION: Retired Pennsylvania State Police

QUALIFICATIONS: Township Supervisor for past 17 years

ANSWER:  I believe, as a Jackson Township Supervisor of 17 years, we are currently serving the residents to the best of our ability. Taxes are maintained at a low millage rate without decreasing services. Currently, without winter maintenance on PennDot owned roads,  we can keep township revenue on township owned roads allowing us better and improved road maintenance. The administration and employees continuously work as a TEAM. I believe all Jackson Township residents will benefit.

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

LEON A. FRAILEY, JR

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 YEARS

 

REPUBLICAN

 

ROBIN HARTSHORN

UNOPPOSED

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

JUNE M. HALLETT


 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

JENNIFER PLATTENBURG-HERSCAP

MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

ANNETTE ATKINSON

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

DAWN M. ARNST

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

REGINA IRELAND AUER

UNOPPOSED

 

MIDDLE SMITHFIELD EASTERN

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

AVERY GARDNER

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

BEATRICE GOBEE

 

MIDDLE SMITHFIELD WESTERN

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

GARY J. MORRIS

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

DEMOCRATIC

 

ROBERT R. STAPLES, JR.


 

MOUNT POCONO BOROUGH

 

MAYOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

FREDERICK T. CORTRIGHT

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

VINCENT J. APRIL

UNOPPOSED

 

COUNCILMEMBER

(vote for no more than 3)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

STACY STEWART-KEELER

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

DONNA CASOLE

UNOPPOSED

 

KARL E. DAVIS

UNOPPOSED

 

COUNCILMEMBER

(vote for 1)

TERM: 2 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

AIDA S. MONTANEZ

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

MICHAEL OSER

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

JOANN MISURACA-FICCO

UNOPPOSED

 

CONSTABLE

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

ANTHONY J. CRUZ

 

REPUBLICAN

 

HECTOR L. FEBO, JR

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

STACY STEWART-KEELER

 

REPUBLICAN

 

VINCENT MISURACA

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

TOM FORD

 

PARADISE TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

REDA BRIGLIA

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for one)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

No candidate

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

CHERYL PHILLIPS

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

SHEILA BORTREE

 

REPUBLICAN

 

DAVID A. BORTREE


 

POCONO TOWNSHIP

 

COMMISSIONER

(vote for not more than 2)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

RICHARD WIELEBINSKI

Tannersville

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Facebook.com/Rich Wielebinski

D.O.B.: 08/23/1955

EDUCATION: South Scranton Central Catholic High School

OCCUPATION:  Outside Plant Engineer

QUALIFICATIONS: Manager for Verizon. 40+ years supervising 160+ employees, managed a budget over $7 million dollars, for construction and project management in North East and Central PA.

ANSWER: Pocono Township requires committee and proven leadership with foresight and drive.  1. Keeping taxes as low as possible without sacrificing services. 2. Improve the diminishing appearance of our township so that we can regain the beauty and pride within our community. 3. Maintain our demographic and welcome growth with planned strategies. 4. Most importantly, return Pocono Township as the focal point of Monroe County!  As your commissioner I will work diligently to manage our township.

 

JERROD D. BELVIN

Did not respond.

 

DAWN WOOD

Tannersville

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Facebook: Dawn Wood for Pocono Twp. Commissioner

D.O.B.: 05/18/1966

EDUCATION: 1988, Wilkes College, BS

OCCUPATION:  Contractor with Healthease Fitness; Self-employed Fitness Trainer

QUALIFICATIONS:  Elected Pocono Mtn. School Board District Director (2013-present); Serving our Special Needs CIU20 Board of Directors (2014-Present); Director Elevations Health Club (1998 - 2015)

ANSWER: I fully appreciate that public safety, land use, environmental protection, enacting ordinances, adopting budgets and levying taxes come with a cost and am committed to a balanced approach so that costs do not become burdensome for our community.  I will bring to our Township a depth of experience-based knowledge acquired from my service (in a similar taxing-authority) as PMSD School Director.  I am proud of my role in reducing our School Taxes, doubling the Senior Annual Rebate //

 

ELLEN D. GNANDT

Henryville

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  Facebook Page

D.O.B.: 10/04/1959

EDUCATION: 2002, DeSales University, Master of Business administration; 1999, Allentown College, BS, Accounting

OCCUPATION: Certified Public Accountant

QUALIFICATIONS: Over 20 years experience in government: 1994-1999, Eldred Township Auditor; 2003-present, Township Accountant; 2010-present.Independent Township Auditor; Knowledgeable in First Class Township Code, Sunshine Law, Open Records, other rules and regulations pertaining to local government

ANSWER: none given

 

COMMISSIONER

(vote for 1)

TERM: 2 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

ROBERT DEYOUNG

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

JERROD D. BELVIN

(see above)

 

ELLEN D. GNANDT

(see above)

 

RICHARD WIELEBINSKI

(see above)

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

PATRICIA J. MICHAEL

UNOPPOSED

 

POCONO ONE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

POCONO TWO

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

VALERIE MARRIOTT

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate



 

POCONO THREE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

POCONO FOUR

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

LINDA GEORGE

 

VIVIAN M. BERLANE

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

LILLIAN DELUCCIO


 

POLK TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

MICHAEL HURLEY

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

ROBERT BUTLER

UNOPPOSED

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 2 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

JOAN MCKINSEY

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

CARL HECKMAN

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

CAROLYN MEINHART

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

MICHELLE PALMER

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

SHIRLEY HAYDT

UNOPPOSED

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

DWIGHT IKE CHRISTMAN

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

SHIRLEY HAYDT

REPUBLICAN

 

TERESA BOND


 

PRICE TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

JOHN BRUSH

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM:  4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

JANICE A CABRAL

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

TERRI L. CRAMER

UNOPPOSED

 

CONSTABLE

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

MARK PUGH

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

BEVERLY BRIGGS


 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

JENNIFER H. JOYCE


 

ROSS TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

RUSSELL (BUTCH) KRESGE

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

DAVID M. SHAY

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

SHARON STEEN

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 YEARS

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

THERESE A. DOLL

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 2 years

 

No candidate

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

ANNETTE ATKINSON

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

DAWN M. ARNST

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

REGINA IRELAND AUER

UNOPPOSED

 

MIDDLE SMITHFIELD EASTERN

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

AVERY GARDNER

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

BEATRICE GOBEE

 

MIDDLE SMITHFIELD WESTERN

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

GARY J. MORRIS

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

DEMOCRATIC

 

ROBERT R. STAPLES, JR.


 

MOUNT POCONO BOROUGH

 

MAYOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

FREDERICK T. CORTRIGHT

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

VINCENT J. APRIL

UNOPPOSED

 

COUNCILMEMBER

(vote for no more than 3)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

STACY STEWART-KEELER

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

DONNA CASOLE

UNOPPOSED

 

KARL E. DAVIS

UNOPPOSED

 

COUNCILMEMBER

(vote for 1)

TERM: 2 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

AIDA S. MONTANEZ

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

MICHAEL OSER

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

JOANN MISURACA-FICCO

UNOPPOSED

 

CONSTABLE

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

ANTHONY J. CRUZ

 

REPUBLICAN

 

HECTOR L. FEBO, JR

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

STACY STEWART-KEELER

 

REPUBLICAN

 

VINCENT MISURACA

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

TOM FORD

 

PARADISE TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

REDA BRIGLIA

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for one)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

No candidate

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

CHERYL PHILLIPS

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

SHEILA BORTREE

 

REPUBLICAN

 

DAVID A. BORTREE


 

POCONO TOWNSHIP

 

COMMISSIONER

(vote for not more than 2)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

RICHARD WIELEBINSKI

Tannersville

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Facebook.com/Rich Wielebinski

D.O.B.: 08/23/1955

EDUCATION: South Scranton Central Catholic High School

OCCUPATION:  Outside Plant Engineer

QUALIFICATIONS: Manager for Verizon. 40+ years supervising 160+ employees, managed a budget over $7 million dollars, for construction and project management in North East and Central PA.

ANSWER: Pocono Township requires committee and proven leadership with foresight and drive.  1. Keeping taxes as low as possible without sacrificing services. 2. Improve the diminishing appearance of our township so that we can regain the beauty and pride within our community. 3. Maintain our demographic and welcome growth with planned strategies. 4. Most importantly, return Pocono Township as the focal point of Monroe County!  As your commissioner I will work diligently to manage our township.

 

JERROD D. BELVIN

Did not respond.

 

DAWN WOOD

Tannersville

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Facebook: Dawn Wood for Pocono Twp. Commissioner

D.O.B.: 05/18/1966

EDUCATION: 1988, Wilkes College, BS

OCCUPATION:  Contractor with Healthease Fitness; Self-employed Fitness Trainer

QUALIFICATIONS:  Elected Pocono Mtn. School Board District Director (2013-present); Serving our Special Needs CIU20 Board of Directors (2014-Present); Director Elevations Health Club (1998 - 2015)

ANSWER: I fully appreciate that public safety, land use, environmental protection, enacting ordinances, adopting budgets and levying taxes come with a cost and am committed to a balanced approach so that costs do not become burdensome for our community.  I will bring to our Township a depth of experience-based knowledge acquired from my service (in a similar taxing-authority) as PMSD School Director.  I am proud of my role in reducing our School Taxes, doubling the Senior Annual Rebate //

 

ELLEN D. GNANDT

Henryville

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  Facebook Page

D.O.B.: 10/04/1959

EDUCATION: 2002, DeSales University, Master of Business administration; 1999, Allentown College, BS, Accounting

OCCUPATION: Certified Public Accountant

QUALIFICATIONS: Over 20 years experience in government: 1994-1999, Eldred Township Auditor; 2003-present, Township Accountant; 2010-present.Independent Township Auditor; Knowledgeable in First Class Township Code, Sunshine Law, Open Records, other rules and regulations pertaining to local government

ANSWER: none given

 

COMMISSIONER

(vote for 1)

TERM: 2 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

ROBERT DEYOUNG

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

JERROD D. BELVIN

(see above)

 

ELLEN D. GNANDT

(see above)

 

RICHARD WIELEBINSKI

(see above)

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

PATRICIA J. MICHAEL

UNOPPOSED

 

POCONO ONE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

POCONO TWO

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

VALERIE MARRIOTT

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate



 

POCONO THREE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

POCONO FOUR

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

LINDA GEORGE

 

VIVIAN M. BERLANE

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

LILLIAN DELUCCIO


 

POLK TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

MICHAEL HURLEY

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

ROBERT BUTLER

UNOPPOSED

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 2 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

JOAN MCKINSEY

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

CARL HECKMAN

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

CAROLYN MEINHART

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

MICHELLE PALMER

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

SHIRLEY HAYDT

UNOPPOSED

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

DWIGHT IKE CHRISTMAN

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

SHIRLEY HAYDT

REPUBLICAN

 

TERESA BOND


 

PRICE TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

JOHN BRUSH

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM:  4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

JANICE A CABRAL

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

TERRI L. CRAMER

UNOPPOSED

 

CONSTABLE

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

MARK PUGH

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

BEVERLY BRIGGS


 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

JENNIFER H. JOYCE


 

ROSS TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

RUSSELL (BUTCH) KRESGE

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

DAVID M. SHAY

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

SHARON STEEN

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 YEARS

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

THERESE A. DOLL

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 2 years

 

No candidate

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate


 

SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

BRIAN E. BARRETT

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

SHARON J. GERBERICH

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

No candidate

 

SMITHFIELD ONE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

RICHARD G. CULLIN


 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

LARRY L. GERBERICH

 

SMITHFIELD TWO

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

SMITHFIELD THREE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

MICHELE JACABELLA


 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

BEVERLY L. PLACE


 

STROUD TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

THABO MOKGADI

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

CHRISTINE A. WILKINS

UNOPPOSED

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

WENDY BOGART SHIFFER

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

ANNE FETHERMAN

UNOPPOSED

 

STROUD ONE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

RAY A. WILLIAMS

 

JAMES M. ROMAN

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

JUDITH S WILLIAMS

 

REPUBLICAN

 

SANDRA M. BENSLEY

 

STROUD TWO

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

MICHAEL DESROSIERS

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

STROUD THREE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

JESSICA DEPETE

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

STROUD FOUR

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

ANN RAPOCH SUPER

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

ANN RAPOCH SUPER

 

REPUBLICAN

 

BETH ROSS

 

STROUD FIVE

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

ANNETTE HERLIHY

 

STROUD SIX

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

CHARLEEN R. WILLIAMS-EDWARDS

 

REPUBLICAN

 

VIVIAN D. KLOSS

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

JOHN G. POTTER

 

STROUD SEVEN

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

DONNA K. REISH

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

STROUDSBURG BOROUGH

 

MAYOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

TARAH PROBST

UNOPPOSED

 

COUNCILMEMBER AT LARGE

(vote for not more than 3)

Term: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

BOYD WEISS

Stroudsburg

D.O.B.: 05/10/1944

EDUCATION: Stroudsburg Area School District, 1963 graduate; attended Princeton University, Wilkes College, BA; East Stroudsburg State College, Masters degree

OCCUPATION: Stroudsburg Borough Council; Retired PSEA

QUALIFICATIONS: 8 years on Stroudsburg Borough Council; 40 years President of Luzerne Intermediate Unit EA; PSEA Board of Directors, 14 years; PSEA Northeastern Region President, 8 years; Chair of Eastern Monroe County Democrats//

ANSWER: 1) Stroudsburg Borough Council should be more business friendly oriented and try to help instead of hindering progress. 2) Advocate for repair and cleaning of streets, sidewalks and tree wells. 3) Advocate for “slow down in town” and a traffic light on 4th and Lower Main to help the problem. 4) Better snow removal and street cleaning. 5) Advocate for Stroudsburg Borough to thrive.  Live, work and shop in the county seat.

 

JOSEPH T. SHAY

Stroudsburg

D.O.B.: 04/24/1954

EDUCATION: 1976, Rider College, BS in Commerce

OCCUPATION: Certified Public Account

QUALIFICATIONS: Board member, 20+ years board member, chairman, audit committee member, Brodhead Creek Regional Authority (formerly Stroudsburg Municipal Authority), 20+ years, board member and chairman; Stroudsburg Zoning Hearing Board; experienced in financial matters

ANSWER: Utilize the resources of the Borough in the most efficient way possible. Focus on streets, sidewalks, and public safety and not get sidetracked by national or state issues as there are elected officials whose job it is to deal with those issues. I believe my financial and budgetary experience can be helpful in achieving efficient utilization of finite resources. Recognize what must be done first before looking at things that you would like to do.

 

MATT ABELL

Stroudsburg

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  www.facebook.com/mattabellforcouncil

D.O.B.: 11/27/1971

EDUCATION: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Architecture; East Stroudsburg University, BA, English

OCCUPATION: Owner, remodeling and civil estimating business

QUALIFICATIONS: I lived in Stroudsburg 27 years and have been serving on Borough Council, 10 years

ANSWER: While on Council, I spearheaded major changes to commercial zoning which made possible two new developments on Main Street - a high density commercial and residential project in the newly created Overlay District; and a Rite Aid store in the newly created Mixed-Use District. I intend to continue modernizing our zoning to attract businesses that will bring much needed tax dollars, create local jobs, and revitalize our vibrant downtown while increasing school enrollment very little.

 

ANTHONY LANFRANK

Stroudsburg

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/LanfrankOfficial/

D.O.B.: 04/28/1981

EDUCATION: 2003, Bachelor in Education, Misericordia University; 2010, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix

OCCUPATION: Social Studies Teacher

QUALIFICATIONS: 1.5 years, Stroudsburg Planning Commission; 7 years Stroudsburg Union Representative

ANSWER: Stroudsburg Borough Council needs to set up a plan to pave the roads.  Some of the roads are in horrendous shape and need work.  Planning ahead would save taxpayers money and not force the borough to take out a loan to pave at the last second.  A common sense approach to planning for the borough is needed.


 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

LYNN HARRISON

UNOPPOSED

 

STROUDSBURG FIRST WARD

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

KING W. BEERS, JR.

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

STROUDSBURG SECOND WARD

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

CYNTHIA CROWNER

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

STROUDSBURG THIRD WARD

 

CONSTABLE

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

No candidate

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate


 

STROUDSBURG FOURTH WARD

 

CONSTABLE

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

No candidate

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate

 

STROUDSBURG FIFTH WARD

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

KAREN A. MAURATH

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

DONNA M. STRAUB


 

TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for not more than 2)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

ROBERT BAECHTOLD

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

DAVID CARBONE

UNOPPOSED

 

BRENDON J.E. CARROLL

UNOPPOSED

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 2 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

ANNE M. LAMBERTON

Pocono Pines

D.O.B.: 11/07/1961

EDUCATION:

OCCUPATION: Executive Assistant/Public Relations

QUALIFICATIONS: Currently serving as a Township Supervisor; Member of the Tobyhanna Township Planning Commission; Member of the Monroe County Planning Commission; Member of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Commission

ANSWER: My vision is to move our township forward in a thoughtful, well planned and respectful way.  The desire is to have a township that future generations want to continue to call their “home.”  One where we can work, play and recreate while protecting our natural beauty.

 

TROY COUNTERMAN

Blakeslee

D.O.B.: 02/02/1967

EDUCATION: 1985, Pocono Mountain Senior High School

OCCUPATION: Department of Public Works, Tunkhannock Township

QUALIFICATIONS: Tobyhanna Township Auditor, 2 years; Department of Public Works, Tunkhannock Township, 18 years; volunteer fire fighter, Tobyhanna Township Volunteer Fire Company, 28 years, Fire Chief, 17 years.

ANSWER: I would like to help with the future growth of our township; continue to attract new business to help create jobs and grow the tax base; review and update our zoning ordinances, upgrade our infrastructure utilizing our own workforce and equipment; promote competitive project bidding for lower cost, advance our emergency services to keep up with the future growth.

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

LINDA L. WOEHRLE

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

DIANE M. LAKE

UNOPPOSED

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 2 years

 

No candidate

 

TOBYHANNA EASTERN

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

No candidate


 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

ALLAN HILD

 

TOBYHANNA WESTERN

 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

ALFRED KERRICK

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

MARLIES J. KERRICK


 

TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

FRANCIS DEPIANO

UNOPPOSED

 

REPUBLICAN

 

STEVE MALAICO

UNOPPOSED

 

SUPERVISOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 2 years

 

NO CANDIDATE

 

TAX COLLECTOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

 

REPUBLICAN

 

CARL JAEGER

UNOPPOSED
 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 6 years

 

No candidate

 

AUDITOR

(vote for 1)

TERM: 4 years

No candidate


 

JUDGE OF ELECTION

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TERM: 4 years

 

DEMOCRATIC

 

LINDA WASHINGTON

 

INSPECTOR OF ELECTION

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No candidate


 

 

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