The people of Clinton County, PA, have decisions before them as there are many local offices up for election this year — including: County Commissioners, District Attorney, Register & Recorder, Prothonotary, Sheriff, Auditors, School Board Directors, and municipal offices (including council members, township supervisors, city mayor, and auditors).
Candidates listed below have announced their intention to seek nomination by the Democratic Party in the May 21 Primary Election to move forward to the November 5 General Election.
For a complete list of Democrats who will appear on the 2019 Primary Election ballot, click here.
To see all offices up for election in 2019, click here.
PA 12th Congressional District
Marc Friedenberg has been nominated by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party as the Democratic candidate for the 12th Congressional District special election, which will take place during the Primary Election on May 21. Friedenberg, who won the Democratic nomination in 2018 for the same seat, was the only candidate to apply for the Democratic nomination in this year’s special election. He serves as an assistant teaching professor at Penn State and teaches cybersecurity and cyberlaw courses. A Columbia Law School and Penn State graduate, Friedenberg was born in northeast Philadelphia and now lives with his wife and two young daughters in State College.
Learn more about Marc Friedenberg’s campaign at www.marcforpa.com.
Clinton County Commissioner
Angela Harding seeks to become Clinton County Commissioner. Following her education at Lock Haven University, Harding worked at 92.1 The Mountain and The Record Newspaper for 8 years. In 2011, Harding was named the Executive Director of the Clinton County United Way. In 2015, Harding accepted a Public Relations position at Keystone Central School District, a position she currently holds. Since moving to Clinton County at 19 years old, Harding has been heavily involved in the Clinton County community. Harding of Mill Hall has one son, Von Walker who currently lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Read Harding’s campaign announcement here.
Paul Conklin is seeking his second term as Clinton County commissioner. Conklin has many years of financial management, serving as Chief Financial Officer and Controller for manufacturing and distribution facilities, throughout his career. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology and continued studies at Penn State University. Conklin is a lifelong Clinton County resident, living in Castanea Township with his wife Kathie. They have two sons and five grandchildren, all living in Clinton County.
Read Conklin’s campaign announcement here.
Clinton County Auditor
Michelle Crowell is seeking a third term as county auditor after being elected to the seat in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Crowell is a member of the Pennsylvania State Association of County Auditors where she served on the budget committee in 2014, was elected to their Executive Board for 2017, served as vice president in 2018 and is currently serving as President. Crowell also works part-time at Therapeutic Health Care Center. A life-long Clinton County resident, she is a 1996 graduate of Lock Haven High School and attended Lock Haven University.
Read Crowell’s campaign announcement here.
Clinton County District Attorney
Dave Strouse is seeking his second term as district attorney, after winning election to that office in 2015. In 2016, Strouse was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, a prominent bi-partisan legislative commission tasked with making sweeping improvements to the Pennsylvania Sentencing laws. Born and raised in Beech Creek, Strouse graduated from Bald Eagle-Nittany High School. He is a Penn State Altoona graduate and earned his Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law.
Read Strouse’s campaign announcement here.
Clinton County Prothonotary
Marie Vilello is seeking her third term as the Clinton County prothonotary. Prior to being elected prothonotary, Vilello worked with the Clinton County Economic Partnership and spent 12 years owning her own business, where she researched deeds at the courthouse. Vilello is a 1982 graduate of Lock Haven High School. She is a member of the Clinton County Economic Partnership, The American Cancer Society’s “Shamrock’s” Relay for Life Team, and Vets+.
Read Vilello’s campaign announcement here.
Clinton County Sheriff
Kerry Stover is seeking his second term as Clinton County sheriff after being elected to that post in 2015. Prior to becoming sheriff, he spent 14 years working in the Sheriff’s office. Stover graduated with honors from the PA Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff training academy in 2007. He resides in Flemington with his wife, Vicki, and their two children, Hunter and Kara. A member of several local organizations and fire departments, Stover also serves on the advisory board for Leadership Clinton County.
Read Stover’s campaign announcement here.
Keystone Central School District
Mill Hall Borough resident Elisabeth Lynch has announced her candidacy for the 2-year term as Keystone Central School District’s Region II School Board Director, representing Lamar Township and Mill Hall Borough. As a cross-filing candidate in the upcoming May 21 Primary Election, her name will appear on both the Democratic and Republican ballots. Volunteering on the 2017 KCSD Property Services Task Force committee, Lynch quickly learned the financial needs and challenges the District was and is currently facing. In March 2018 she was appointed by the KCSD School Board to fill a vacancy for Region II through the December 2019 board reorganization. Lynch is best known for her work as the Executive Project Director for Clinton County CleanScapes over the last 15 years and as the Mill Hall Planning Commission’s Chair that spearheaded the Mill Hall train station relocation project to Lock Haven.
Read Lynch’s campaign announcement here.
Paul Washington has announced he is running for the Democratic nomination for Keytone Central School District’s Board of Directors, Region II (Lamar Twp & Mill Hall Borough). Paul, a graduate of Allegheny College (B.S.) and the University of Connecticut (Ph.D.), is a retired geology professor with over 20 years of experience as an educator. He lives in Salona with his wife Dana (an English professor at LHU). Paul is also an active member of the Clinton County Democratic Committee as the committeeman representing Lamar Township.
Read Washington’s campaign announcement here.
Lock Haven Mayor
Joel Long has announced he is running for the office of Mayor in the City of Lock Haven. Long, who first entered the political arena as a Lock Haven City Councilman in 1998, served 10 years on council and then eight years as county commissioner, before returning to City Council in January 2018. He was elected Vice President of Council for 2019. Long has served as 1st Vice President of SEDA COG, Chairman of the Susque-View Board and VOCA (Voices of Crime Act) funding board, in addition to actively participating on several other boards and committees.
Read Long’s campaign announcement here.
Lock Haven City Council
Despite not getting all the required signatures on his petition by the March 12 deadline, Richard Morris still proposes to continue his service on Lock Haven City Council and will run a write-in campaign in the November election. Morris, who currently serves on City Council, was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2018. Morris earned degrees from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford in England. A retired real estate agent, Morris serves on the Clinton County Housing Coalition Board of Directors. He also volunteers at the Clinton County Historical Society and the Clinton County Arts Council in his spare time. A resident of Sunset Pines, Morris is the proud father of two adult daughters.
Read the full campaign announcement for Richard Morris here.
William H. Mincer is seeking his first four-year term on Lock Haven City Council after being appointed to the Council in late 2018. A resident of Lock Haven since 1991, Mincer is a former member of the U.S. Army Reserves. He serves as director of Sport Camps at Penn State University. A graduate of Lock Haven High School, Mincer received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lock Haven University and his Masters of Science degree in Sports Administration from California University of Pennsylvania.
Read Mincer’s campaign announcement here.
PA Superior Court
Three candidates are still seeking the Democratic nomination to become a judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court, which will have only two open seats in 2019. In addition, come November, there is one Democrat who is already seated on the Superior Court who will be seeking retention.
Read about the PA Democratic Party’s endorsement of judicial candidates here. More information about the PA Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission’s recommendations for judicial candidates can be found here.
Amanda Green-Hawkins has been endorsed by the PA Democratic Party. Originally from New Jersey, Green-Hawkins moved to Pittsburgh in 2002 to become assistant general counsel for the United Steelworkers Union. In addition to that role, she also currently serves as director of the Civil and Human Rights Department at United Steelworkers. She is an alumnus of Duke University and Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, she was a law clerk for a judge serving on the Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth County.
Watch for updates about Amanda Green-Hawkins’ campaign at www.facebook.com/amandaforjudge/.
Elizabeth M. Tarasi was born in Pittsburgh and holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law, and is admitted to practice before the U.S District Court and the Western District of Pennsylvania. A lecturer at the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Allegheny County Bar Association, and at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Tarasi is a trial attorney with 27 years of experience. She currently practices law alongside her father, Louis M. Tarasi Jr., at Tarasi Law Firm, serving the Pittsburgh and broader Allegheny County area.
Learn more about Beth Tarasi’s campaign at www.tarasi4superiorcourt.com.
Daniel D. McCaffery has been endorsed by the PA Democratic Party and is highly recommended by the PA Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission. He joined the Army at age 18 and was chosen to attend the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point Prep School. He later attended Temple University and Temple University Law School on a veteran’s scholarship. McCaffery became an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and later became a partner at a private firm. McCaffery was elected judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2013. Since his election, Judge McCaffery has presided over 100 jury trials and thousands of bench trials.
Keep up with Daniel McCaffery’s campaign at www.facebook.com/McCafferyforSuperiorCourt.
JUDGE SEEKING RETENTION IN NOVEMBER
Superior Court Judge Anne Lazarus was elected to the court in 2009, with her term beginning in January 2010. Her first term will expire in January 2020, so she will also be on the ballot for a retention vote, where voters simply vote yes or no to keeping a judge on the court. Lazarus received her B.A. degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her J.D. and LL.M. from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. Prior to becoming a PA Superior Court judge, Lazarus served on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas from 1991 to 2010. She served as legal counsel to the Philadelphia Orphans’ Court from 1980 to 1991.
For more information on Judge Lazarus, visit www.pacourts.us/courts/superior-court/superior-court-judges/judge-anne-e-lazarus.
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