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Dems announce recorder of deeds process

Published May 16. 2019 12:28PM

The Democratic Party of Carbon County has announced the process that it will follow for nominating a candidate for the recorder of deeds position due to the death of incumbent Emmett McCall.

McCall was listed on the ballot before his death on March 13. He was 80.

McCall served as the recorder of deeds in Carbon County since 1999, was seeking his sixth term in the upcoming primary election.

“The nomination comes with the expectation that Mr. McCall will win his primary election on May 21, given that he faces no Democratic opposition. Upon the certification of the primary election results, the Democratic Party of Carbon County will be responsible for nominating a candidate due to the vacancy,” said Billy O’Gurek Jr., Democratic Party chairman.

Interested candidates will submit a resume and cover letter indicating their qualifications as well as a detailed campaign plan including voter outreach and campaign financing. The submission packet shall be submitted via email to or submitted by personal delivery of the materials to 125 E. Ludlow St., Summit Hill. The deadline for application materials is no later than 5 p.m. on May 30.

Materials should indicate the candidate’s compliance with the requirements of the Office of Recorder of Deeds, including Democratic Party membership since at least Jan. 1, 2019.

Materials will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the executive board of the Democratic Party of Carbon County and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an in-person interview, which is planned for June 1.

The subcommittee will make recommendations to the full executive board, which will consider the recommendations at a special June meeting. If approved, the candidate’s name will be forwarded to the Carbon County Election Board and the person will officially become the Democratic candidate for the Recorder of Deeds position.

The subcommittee tasked with these duties include: O’Gurek Jr. of Summit Hill, county treasurer Ronald Sheehan of Jim Thorpe, Joseph Bodnar of Tresckow, Linda Christman of Towamensing Township, Patti Borger of Mahoning Township and Gene Binder of Nesquehoning.

The office is being run by his staff until a new recorder of deeds is elected.

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