2023 Election: ‘Candidates Night’ planned as individuals announce bids for office

The 2023 Election Cycle is upon us, and while some candidates have already announced their intent to run, an information session is being planned to provide information for those considering it.

The Primary Election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, and individuals are beginning to announce their bids for office.

The Clinton County Voter Registration Department will host an informational meeting for prospective candidates, called a “Candidates Night.” The session will take place Monday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the county’s Piper Building, 2 Piper Way, Lock Haven.

Individuals interested in running for a municipal office are encouraged to attend to learn more about the election process, which starts with candidates circulating petitions to collect signatures in order to get on the Primary Ballot.

Petition circulation begins on Valentine’s Day, February 14, and candidates must each collect a specific number of signatures prior to March 7 in order to qualify to be listed on the ballot.

Many local offices are up for election in Pennsylvania this year including: three county commissioner positions, district attorney, sheriff, register and recorder, prothonotary, three auditor positions, and three county district judge seats. In addition, judicial posts on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Superior Court and the Commonwealth Court will also be on the ballot.

Be sure to take the time to learn about all the individuals who have announced their candidacy here, and check back frequently leading up to the Primary, as additional individuals may announce their candidacy.

Candidates who win their respective races in the Primary Election will move on to the November 7 General Election.

Learn more about the key dates throughout the election cycle here.


The Clinton County Democratic Committee (CCDC) will be hosting events to help circulate Democrat petitions and make it easier for voters to sign petitions for various offices in one location.

If you are interested in signing or circulating petitions on behalf of candidates, or if you are a Democrat candidate who would like support having your petition circulated in Clinton County, reach out to the CCDC here. Announcements about petition-circulating events will be made on the CCDC’s Facebook and posted to the CCDC’s Events Calendar.

Note: The Clinton County Democratic Committee does not endorse candidates, but makes every effort to help evenhandedly publicize individuals seeking the Democratic nomination or running on the Democratic ticket. We embrace the will of the people following the Primary Election and wholeheartedly support the nominees selected in the election process.

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