Friday, February 10, 2017

MDJ in Lackawanna County?

Thinking about running for Magisterial District Judge in Lackawanna County?

Magisterial District Judges are elected by the citizens of the magisterial district in which they serve. The term of a District Judge is six years. In order to become a District Judge, individuals must possess the following qualifications:
1.       21 years of age
2.       Resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
3.       Resident of his/her magisterial district for a one-year period prior to election
4.       Certified by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts as successfully completing a rigorous training and education program administered by the Minor Judiciary Education Board or Attorney admitted to the Bar in Pennsylvania

There are SEVEN MDJs up this year:
·         45-1-01 which covers Moosic, Old Forge, Taylor
·         45-1-03 which covers Scranton Wards 11, 12, 19, 20, 24
·         45-1-05 which covers Scranton Wards 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 21, 22
·         45-1-08 which covers Scranton Wards 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 23 and Dunmore
·         45-3-02 which covers Clifton, Covington, Elmhurst, Jefferson, Madison, Moscow, Roaring Brook, Springbrook, and Thornhurst
·         45-3-04 which covers Archbald, Blakely, Jermyn, Jessup, and Mayfield

To get on the ballot, you must collect at least 100 signatures from the district.  MDJ candidates can cross-file on both Republican and Democratic ballots.  Petitions are available at Lackawanna County Voter Services, (570) 963-6737.  Petition circulation runs February 14-March 7, 2017.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Update from Republican State Committee

At a recent meeting of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, we elected a new Chairman and officers to serve the Republicans of the Commonwealth for the next four years.  The officers elected were:
  • Val DiGorgio, Chairman, Chester County
  • Bernadette “Bernie” Comfort, Vice Chair, Lehigh County
  • D. Raja, Treasurer, Allegheny County
  • Andy Reilly, Secretary. Delaware County (re-elected)
  • Peg Ferraro, Assistant Secretary, Northampton County (re-elected)
We also endorsed candidates for Judge.  The following is the endorsed slate of Republican Statewide Judges:

Supreme Court:
  • Justice Sallie Updyke Mundy, Tioga County
Superior Court:
  • Judge Emil A. Giordano, Northampton County
  • Judge Wade A. Kagarise, Blair County
  • Judge Paula A. Patrick, Philadelphia County
  • Craig W. Stedman, Lancaster County
Commonwealth Court:
  • Judge Christine Fizzano Cannon, Delaware County
  • Paul N. Lalley, Allegheny County
On the note of the Judges, we would ask that anyone passing a petition for another candidate consider also carrying for our statewide Judges.  Petitions will be available upon request.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Calling all Candidates!

2017 is a municipal election year.  There are literally hundreds of positions across the County that will be on the ballot at every level of government.  We are hoping you will help us build on the momentum of the 2016 Election by considering getting involved in local government.

Why should you get involved in local government? 
Local governments are the most important when it comes to quality of life.  Local government is the government closest to the people and is critically important to our region.   Why?  Because issues like public safety, school district policies, infrastructure development/maintenance, and local taxation are all impacted mightily by our local governments.  Plus, getting involved at this level gives you the perfect opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of our communities.

Lackawanna County Voter Services (570-963-6737) will have a full list of offices up for election, but here is the unofficial list:
  • Court of Common Pleas Judge
  • County District Attorney
  • County Sheriff
  • County Register of Wills
  • County Recorder of Deeds
  • Magisterial District Judge (some, not all)
  • Mayor in Scranton and each borough
  • Council Member in each city and borough
  • School Board Member in each school district
  • Supervisor in each township
  • Auditor in each township
  • Tax Collector in each municipality
  • Municipal Controller
  • Judge of Election in each precinct
  • Inspector of Election in each precinct

The first step to running for any of these offices is to circulate a petition to collect signatures to get you on the ballot.  That period begins February 14th and ends March 7thPlease contact us today if you are interested in seeking office or if you currently hold office and will be seeking re-election.  We are here to help!