The Republicans in Lackawanna County last night selected Scranton Attorney Jim Mulligan as their candidate for Mayor in the City of Scranton.
Mulligan replaces Gary Lewis, who withdrew his candidacy.
Mr. Mulligan has a tough resume to beat. He is highly educated, having obtained his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University, his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Villanova University, and his J.D. from Antioch School of Law.
In addition to his private law practice he is also a small business owner and a former Assistant District Attorney.
His education, combined with his work experience uniquely positions him to understand the difficulty small business owners face in the City of Scranton.
His time in the District Attorney's office gives him invaluable experience in coping with Scranton's crime problem.
One of the more difficult things parents face in the City of Scranton is watching their children leave because they cannot find gainful employment in the city. Mr. Mulligan and his wife have nine children so they are no doubt acutely aware of this burden and have more skin in this game than most to be motivated to change it.
The Republicans picked one of the most educated, experienced, credible candidates they have had in a long time to help the City of Scranton through this truly dark economic time. With the prospect of a 117% tax increase on the horizon, now more than ever it is critical that Scranton put aside its petty partisan politics and chose a candidate that is truly prepared to lead.