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Municipal offices welcomes old and new faces

Taha Vahanvaty, Staff Writer

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The morning after the Tuesday, November 5 elections, Monroe County woke up to whole new set of municipal faces. The candidates who won offer various different platforms and plans to help Monroe County. Positions from school board member to county commissioner will have an enormous impact on the lives of adults as well as students living in Monroe County. Check out below to find out more information on the county positions and the candidates that won them.

  • Judge of the Superior Court
    •  This court, which was established in 1895, reviews most of the civil and criminal cases that are appealed from the Courts of Common Pleas in the Commonwealth’s 67 counties.
      • Amanda Green Hawkins (Dem) 
      • Megan Mccarthy King (Rep) 
  • Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
    •  The courts of common pleas are the trial courts of general jurisdiction in the state. They hear civil cases with a significant amount in controversy and trials for serious crimes.
      • Dan Higgens 
  • Commissioner 
    • Commissioners serve both the executive and the legislative duties, meaning they enact local ordinances and administer them. They approve budgets, oversee spending and hire county employees.
      • Sharon Laverdur (Dem)
      • John R Moyer (Rep)
  • Controller 
    • An elected row officer, the controller is the chief financial officer and chief auditor. He exercises general supervision and control over the county’s financial affairs.
      • Marlo A Merhige (Rep) 
  • Register of Wills Recorder of Deeds
    • They are tasked with maintaining public records and documents, especially records relating to real estate ownership that provide persons other than the owner of a property with real rights over that property.
      • Josephine Ferro (rep) 
  • Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts
    • The Prothonotary is the keeper/clerk of the civil records/division for the court and is responsible for filing, storing, and distributing official civil documents.
      • George Warden (Rep)
  • Sheriff 
    • A Pennsylvania sheriff retains all arrest powers and has the authority to enforce the criminal laws as well as the vehicle laws of Pennsylvania.
      • Ken Morris (Rep) 
  • District Attorney 
    •  The duties of a district attorney are to manage the prosecutor’s office, investigate alleged crimes in cooperation with law enforcement, and file criminal charges or bringing evidence before the Grand Jury.
      • David Christine (Rep)
  • School District 
    •  School boards make possible, the direct exercise of the people’s will in regard to public education. School boards are expected to use the information at their disposal to make decisions in the best interest of the community.
      • Judith Magan 
      • Merlyn Clarke 
      • Meghan Brenneman 
      • Patricia M Decandia 
      • Joseline Kraemer