(WBRE/WYOU-TV) One week from Tuesday, voters will head to the polls in one part of our region to elect a new state representative. The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has more from the candidates.
Lackawanna County Voters will choose the person they want to fill the seat left vacant with the passing of Democrat Sid Michaels Kavulich in October.
“Its jobs, developing our communities, getting our children better-paying jobs.” Republican Frank Scavo from Old Forge says improving the economy of the 114th District is his number one priority.
The district stretches from Moosic and Old Forge in the south to Carbondale to the north. Encompassing 18 communities. He says he always gets an earful from residents about property tax reform.
“We’ve always had at the centerpiece of legislation eliminating school property taxes and finally funding school districts properly. But we will take a bite of the apple and go for senior citizen school property tax elimination as the first bite of that apple” Noted Scavo
Scavo will also target the controversial stormwater runoff fee. “I will fight that in Lackawanna County because we have seen what happened in Luzerne County. It’s another property tax that’s unfair” Added Scavo.
“The most important thing really is to focus on is making our community better” Democrat Bridget Malloy Kosierowski from Waverly has never run for public office before. She says tax reform is also on her hit list.
“The introduction of tax reform is something, my team. There are certain things that I’d like to look into, the Delaware loophole maybe some severance tax homestead act” Said Kosierowski.
Kozierowski wants to keep our young intellectual talent in the area. Or even better attract them back. “I really want to make sure that people have reasons to come back here and raise their kids.”
The winner of the special election will hold the seat until the end of 2020.