Dean D.W. DeLong beamed after he was acquitted of criminal mischief charges. The weight of the world was off his shoulders.

"I just couldn't believe the commonwealth thought it was me," he said.

DeLong, a Carbon County Commissioner, is the Republican candidate for the Pa. House of Representatives in today's general election. Only a few days before his first run at a state office, he was charge by police departments in Nesquehoning and Summit Hill, who allege he drove over political signs for his challenger, incumbent Democrat Keith McCall.