It is election time again in Pike County , Pennsylvania. It is not the big election cycle where we get to choose a new president and congress, et al. That’s next year, November 2012.
But in Pike County , there will be elections for new commissioners, judges, district attorney, auditors, treasurer and coroner, as well as a few clerk type offices. There are also retention questions regarding the court system for you to vote yea or nay. Also, in each of the 18 precincts in Pike, there will be various elections for School district directors, mayor (Matamoras), constables, and sundry auditors, magistrates, election officials, etc.
The big election “news” is whether or not current Commission Chairman Richard Caridi (R) will be re-elected. Along with Caridi, Pam Lutfy (D), Karl Wagner, Jr (D) and Matthew Osterberg (R) are in the race.
Pam Lutfy is co-owner of the Tom Quick Inn, with her husband, Richard, and served on the Delaware Valley School District Board for 14 years. Karl Wagner and Richard Caridi are currently serving as County Commissioners. And Matthew Osterberg has served as the Milford Borough Council President since 1990.
Kathy Hummel, currently serving out the term of former Commissioner Harry Forbes, who took a position with the Governor’s office as the liason for his Northeast District offices, is not seeking to continue in this role.
Some of the interesting elections outside the ones for county commissioners (you get to vote for two of the four running) include several auditor offices that have no one running for them (as of the writing of this article). Such as the offices in GreeneTownship, where not only are the auditor candidates missing, but so is the Judge of Elections. It should prove interesting to see the results of these write-in only elections.
Also of interest is the race for Mayor of Matamoras. The race is between Janet Clark (R) and the current mayor, the Honorable Richard V. Gasseman (D). Janet and her husband William, a historian for the town, recently lost their son in a plane crash.
The elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Diebold voting machines that have been in use since around 2006 will still be used.
For sample ballots in your area, check out the Pike County Elections Office website.
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