Several Schuylkill County offices up for election in May
Two holders of offices in the Schuylkill County Courthouse are unopposed in the Primary Election to be held Tuesday, May 17, according to filings in the Schuylkill County Registration Bureau.
Getting a free ride is Republican Treasurer Jackie McGovern, 2454 Papoose Cove, Auburn, who is seeking her fifth term. In her last bid for re-election she won by 6,000 votes. Also, Republican Recorder of Deeds A. Mathew Matt Dudish, 1900 Howard Avenue, Pottsville, who is seeking his third term, who also won big. Neither has opposition on the Republican or Democratic ballots. The only opposition can come only from writein votes.
Several incumbents have opposition from their own party ranks. Candidates who filed to have their names on the ballot were:
County Commissioners - Four year term, two to be nominated by the Republican and Democratic parties. Republican, Frank J. Staudenmeier, 246 Germanville Road, Ashland, incumbent; Darlene D. Dolzani, 512 Coal Mountain Road, Orwigsburg; Larry Padora, 1143 Tyson St., New Ringgold; and George Halcovage, 1282 Oak Terrace, Pottsville.
Democratic, Laine Mack, 52 Mahantongo St., Tremont; John Plachko Jr., 1740 Elk Avenue, Pottsville; Gary J. Hess, 1 River St., Schuylkill Haven; Christian P. Morrison, 112 Orwigsburg St., Tamaqua; and Jeffrey J. Dunkel, 53 Main St., Mount Carbon.
County Controller - Four year term, one to be nominated by each party, Republican, Christy Joy, 141 Bullshead Road, Norwegian Township; and Eric Hollen, 107 Willing St., Llewellyn, Branch Township.
Democratic, Brad Petchulis, 507 Chestnut St., Marlin, Norwegian Township. (The current controller, Melinda Kantner, plans to seek re-election as an Independent candidate in the fall election.)
Prothonotary - Four year term, nominate one from each party, Republican, David J. Dutcavich, 200 Sunbury St., Minersville.
Democratic, Peter P. J. Symons Jr., 250 Germanville Road, Ashland, incumbent.
Clerk of Courts - Four year term, nominate one from each party, Republican, Brad Gotshall, 475 W. Frack St., Frackville.
Democratic, Stephen M. Lukach Jr., 335 Lake Drive, Lake Hauto, incumbent.
Register of Wills - Four year term, nominate one from each party, Republican, Theresa Santai-Gaffney, 20 Middle St., Pine Grove.
Democratic, Michael M. McCord, 229 S. Second St., Saint Clair, incumbent.
Recorder of Deeds - Four year term, nominate one from each party, Republican, A. Matthew Matt Dudish, 1900 Howard Avenue, Pottsville, incumbent. No candidate filed on Democratic ballot.
County Treasurer - Four year term, nominate one from each party. Republican, Jackie McGovern, 2454 Papoose Cove, Auburn, incumbent. No one filed on Democratic ballot.
County Coroner - Four year term, nominate one from each party, Republican, David J. Moylan, 713 Stallion Drive, Auburn.
Democratic, Joseph Lipsett, 74 Spring St., Pottsville, incumbent.
Also to be nominated is one judge for the Pennsylvania Superior Court, one judge for the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and one judge for the Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County and four district justices in Schuylkill County.