Frank Jacobs, 244 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, has announced his candidacy for election to the position on the Nesquehoning Borough Council. A lifelong Democrat and longtime chairman of the Democratic Party of Carbon County and president of the Nesquehoning Democratic Club, he is seeking his party's nomination in the May 17 Primary Election.

Jacobs served Nesquehoning for nearly 29 years, initially as mayor, 1978-85, and then as a councilman for many terms, during which time he served as council president. Under his leadership, Nesquehoning underwent an $11-million sewer system installation project. As chairman of the Sewer Committee, Jacobs oversaw the project from start to finish. Also under his guidance, the borough updated equipment, purchased a street sweeper, and bought a building in the industrial park that now houses the street and sanitation department. He was instrumental in helping to secure the funding for the borough's new police station, and also served on various other committees of the borough, including Street, Sanitation, Police and Budget.

The candidate also filled an unexpired term as a Carbon County Jury Commissioner, having been appointed to the position by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic of the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas.

Jacobs is a Korean War veteran. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Ross, a destroyer ship in the Atlantic Ocean, and is a member of the Ferrara-Malatak American Legion Post 172, Nesquehoning.

For 14 years, he was very active in the Nesquehoning Knee-Hi football, wrestling and girls' flag football programs. He was a director of the Knee-Hi program in town for seven years, and then served as president of the league for seven additional years. He has been a member of the Nesquehoning Lions Club for the past six years, including three of those years as its treasurer.

He served as chairman of the Democratic Party of Carbon County for 12 years, during which time he presided over policy-making concerns of the Carbon County Democratic Executive Committee, of which he has been a member of the past 22 years. He has been the president of the Nesquehoning Democratic Club for the past 20 years.

The candidate is a member of the Carbon County Planning Commission, having been appointed to the board in 2000. He also formerly served on the Carbon County Board of Assessment Appeals and was Nesquehoning's representative to the Carbon County Solid Waste Advisory Board.

Jacobs retired in 1995 from Chemical Leaman Tank Lines, Inc., Nazareth, where he worked for 30 years as a driver. He is a member of Teamsters Local 773, Allentown, for whom he served as a union steward for three years.

He is married to the former MaryAlice McHugh of Nesquehoning. They observed their 56th wedding anniversary on Feb. 26.

The couple has six children: Frank Jr., Eugene and Edward, all of Nesquehoning; Nancy Trice of Jim Thorpe; Robert of Towamensing Township; and Sharon of Northampton. They have 10 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.