Sunday, December 21, 2008

Lackawanna Row Office Elections 2009

The Scranton Times is talking about the 2009 Judge race in Lackawanna County. The candidates, are not. But, in their defense, the law prohibits them from talking about it until the year of the election.

The Democratic candidates mentioned are former School Director Mark Walsh (who ran in 2001 and lost), Assistant District Attorney Margaret Bisignani Moyle, P. Timothy Kelly, James Tierney, and Magistrate John Pesota. The Republicans mentioned are Assistant District Attorney Frank Castellano and Brian Cali.

The article also mentions the retention of Republican Judge Michael Barresse and Democrat Judge Terrence Nealon.

No word on a challenge to Republican District Attorney Andy Jarbola, Democrat Sheriff John Szymanski, Democrat Recorder of Deeds Evie Rafalko McNulty, and Democrat Register of Wills Linda Munley.

Outside of the retention election which should go fine for both Judges, Jarbola is the lone Republican incumbent on the ballot. Lackawanna County successfully defeated the incumbent Republican commissioners in 2007. In 2008, Lackawanna County was a very high performer for Barack Hussein Obama’s Presidential campaign. These facts could embolden the local Democratic Party to target Jarbola’s race.

Speaking of the Commissioner’s race of 2007, Evie Rafalko McNulty could be the only Democrat race to target in 2009. In 2007, McNulty’s dirty laundry was aired during the divisive Democratic Primary. At issue were defaulted debt and unpaid taxes. Beyond the primary battle, this situation also created the opening for numerous lawsuits in the campaign. Ultimately, McNulty failed to win the Primary Election.

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