Former state representative remembered with blood drive


OLYPHANT, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Family and friends of former state representative Sid Michaels Kavulich honored his memory Thursday.

A special blood drive was held in Lackawanna County as a special election date has just been announced to choose Kavulich’s successor.

Giving blood can be intimidating.

Lacey Olbryk of Scranton finally found her reason to donate Thursday afternoon.

“I always wanted to go out and donate but I’m always like ‘I don’t know if I can do it!’ I heard about this and thought it’s the exact time I’ve got to go out and do this!” Lacey Olbryk said.

Olbryk is friends with the daughter of former state representative Sid Michaels Kavulich.

A blood drive was held at VNA Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County in Sid’s honor.

“During Sid’s illness, he received 50 units of blood during his illness and if it wasn’t for the blood he would not have survived as long as he did,” Brenda Conlon, VNA Community Relations specialist said.

Kavulich died in October.

He represented the 114th district for several terms.

A special election date of Tuesday, March 12 has just been announced to choose his replacement.

The 114th district makes up 60 of Lackawanna County’s 163 voting precincts. That’s about 37-percent of the population and the district stretches from Carbondale through the Abingtons and down in the tri-boro area of Taylor, Moosic and Old Forge.

Interest in the position is high.

Four democrats and at least two republicans have already said they want the job.

“Each party will get to choose a candidate that will be on the ballot,” Lackawanna County Director of Elections Marion Medalis said.

County elections director Marion Medalis says the two month campaign could get even more interesting in one way.

“Any third party candidate can also access the ballot by filing nomination papers and if anyone is interested in that process you’d have to contact the Department of State,” Medalis said.

Both the Lackawanna County republican and democratic parties expect to formally select their candidates later this month.

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