Magisterial District Judge

Candidate List

Magisterial district judges issues arrest and search warrants, and also emergency protection orders when the county courthouse is closed. They oversee arraignments, set bail, and hold criminal preliminary hearings.

  • Three contested positions

Lycoming County Sheriff

Candidate List

The sheriff's office is responsible for carrying out the orders of the Court to enforce Injunctions, serve warrants, the service of Out of County* Protection From Abuse Orders, Writs of Summons and Complaints, Subpoenas, and Writs of Attachment / Garnishments.

  • One contested position

City Council

Candidate List

Council members are tasked with representing the interests of their constituents. In addition to proposing, passing, and ratifying laws and ordinances, city councils manage budgets and investigate city agencies when necessary.

  • Three contested positions

School Board

Pennsylvania school boards are required to: Adopt courses of study in consultation with the superintendent. Establish the length of the school term, adopt textbooks, and adopt the annual budget. Elect superintendents and hire necessary employees.

Constable

Pennsylvania constables have the right in Pennsylvania to arrest by warrant and to conduct warrantless arrests for felonies and breaches of the peace, including warrantless arrests for felony violations of the drug laws.

Judges of the Commonwealth Court

Cases heard by the Commonwealth Court are generally determined by what the case is about, and the identity of the parties to the lawsuit. This is a different way of determining the type of case heard by an appellate court than in other states, where the distinction is usually between civil matters and criminal matters.

Borough Mayor

The Borough code authorizes the mayor to preserve order, enforce ordinances and resolutions, remove nuisances, exact a faithful performance of the officers appointed, and perform such duties as assigned by law or ordinance. In preserving order, he or she directs the activities of the police department.

Tax Collector

Elected or appointed municipal collectors are typically responsible for collecting county, municipal, and school district property taxes.

Judge of the Superior Court

The Superior Court hears appeals in criminal and most civil cases from the Courts of Common Pleas and on matters involving children and families. Although different panels of three judges may sit to hear appeals, there is only one Superior Court

Township Supervisors

Townships of the second class are governed by a board of supervisors, elected at large by the electorate of the whole township for overlapping six-year terms. The number of supervisors can be increased to five by referendum. Townships of the first class, by contrast, have a board of commissioners.

Auditor

The auditor examines the accounting records and accounting practices of the organization or agency under review to enable him to give an informed opinion on the balance sheet and the statement of revenues and expenditures prepared from the books and records.

Justice of the Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is the state's court of last resort and has seven judgeships. The current chief of the court is Thomas Saylor. The court was established by the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly in 1722 as a successor to the Provincial Court established in 1684. It is the oldest appellate court in the United States.

Three proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution will appear on the ballot in the May 18 Primary.

1) Article III, Section 9 – Relating to Termination or Extension of Disaster Emergency Declarations.

2) Article IV – Disaster Emergency Declaration and Management.

3) Article I – Prohibition Against Denial or Abridgement of Rights Because of Race or
Ethnicity.

FEBRUARY 16: First day to circulate nomination petitions. 

MARCH 1: Last day to circulate nomination petitions. 

MAY 3: Last day to register before Primary.

MAY 18: PRIMARY DAY

OCTOBER 18: Last day to register before the General Election. 

NOVEMBER 2: GENERAL ELECTION

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Voting machine funds remain a mystery

By On the PULSE | September 3, 2019

Pennsylvania’s fall legislative session will address the mystery of funding for new state-mandated voting machines.  At the local level, officials say straight-party voting is a major cause for confusion at the polls and this year’s new challenge will be what to do with over 100,000 paper ballots flooding the election system.    Lycoming County approved over…

Young candidates fill the ballot for local May primary

By On the PULSE | April 26, 2019

As Lycoming County suffers from population decline and sees its young people move away, the pool of local candidates for the May 21 primary is deep with youthful spirits. “I’m running for office now because I want to have the city I love be a place for my children to grow up without wanting to…

Closed primary means ‘locking people out’ of the vote

By On the PULSE | April 17, 2019

A special election scheduled for the same day as the Pennsylvania primary will be the only reason third-party voters have to come to the polls this year. John Vitale, of Williamsport, is considering switching from Democrat to independent but says he is less likely to do so if it means he can’t vote in the…

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