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Election 2023: County Commissioner Races

Centre County Courthouse

With one week remaining before the 2023 municipal general election, an important down-ballot race to watch in most Pennsylvania counties is for county commissioner.

Elected every four years, the county commissioners are responsible for policy-making, fiscal management and the administration of county affairs. The Commissioners serve on the Salary, Prison, Retirement, and Election Boards as well as a variety of other boards affiliated with county departments.

The commissioners name all department heads, as well as most members of the various boards, authorities, and committees. In addition, the commissioners appoint all county employees and, sitting as the Salary Board with the Controller, establish salaries of all employees.

Here are 34 county commissioner previews/Q and A’s culled from local newspapers. More to come as they become available.

* indicates incumbent

Beaver. (D) Tony Amadio*, Julian Taylor. (R) Daniel Camp*, Jack Manning*.

Beaver County Commissioners Candidates Address Voter Concerns. (Beaver County Times)

Berks. (D) Dante Santoni Jr., Jess Royer. (R) Christian Y. Leinbach*, Michael Rivera*

Here are the Candidates Running for Berks County Commissioner and What Else You Should Know About the Race. (Reading Eagle) 

Bradford. (D) Zachary Gates, Kim Pitcher. (R) Doug McLinko*, Daryl Miller*.

Bradford County Election to Feature Heated Commissioner Race. (Towanda Review)

Bucks. (D) Diane Ellis-Marseglia*, Robert Harvie*. (R) Pamela A. Van Blunk, Gene DiGirolamo*

Bucks commissioner candidates spar ahead of election season as county government at stake (Bucks County Courier Times)

Bucks County Voters Guide. (Bucks County Herald)

Butler. (D) Kevin Boozel*. (R) Leslie Osche*, Kim Geyer*.

County Commissioners Seeking Third Terms In Uncontested Race. (Butler Eagle)

Cambria. (D) Thomas Chernisky*, William BJ Smith. (R) Scott W. Hunt*, Keith Rager.

Editorial Board Interviews – Chernisky, Smith, Hunt, Rager. (Johnstown Tribune-Democrat)

Centre. (D) Mark Higgins*, Amber Cistaro Concepcion*. (R) Steven Dershem*, Marie Librizzi.

Candidates for Centre County Commissioner and Row Offices. (Centre Daily Times)

Centre County Board of Commissioners and Row Offices. (

Where Do Centre County Commissioner Candidates Stand on Mail Voting and More? (Centre Daily Times)

Chester. (D) Josh Maxwell*, Marian Moskowitz. (R) Eric Roe, David Sommers.

Philly suburbs saw a blue wave in 2019. What happens in Chester County’s commissioners’ race could swing it back. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Who Is Running In The West Chester Area (West Chester Patch)

Here Are The Candidates Running For Chester County Commissioner. (Daily Local)

Chester County GOP tests Democrats’ first-ever majority on Board of Commissioners. (WHYY)

Clarion. (D) Daniel F. Carey, Braxton White. (R) Wayne R. Brosius*, Ted Tharan*

Commissioner candidates profiled in Clarion County voter guide. (Leader Vindicator)

Cumberland. (D) Jean Foschi*, John Matthew Smith. (R) Gary Eichelberger*, Kelly Neiderer.

Cumberland County commissioner candidates air views on issues, priorities. (PennLive)

Election Preview 2023: Cumberland County Commissioner. (The Sentinel)

Erie. District 1. (D) Terry M. Scutella. (R) Cody Foust. District 3. (D) Rock Copeland. (R) Kimberly Hunter. District 5. (D) Chris Drexel. (R) Brian Shank. District 7. (D) Lorraine Dolan. (R) Ellen Schauerman. (I) Rita F Bishop.

Erie Times-News Q and A

Fayette. (D) Vincent A. Vicites*, Geno Gallo. (R) Dave Lohr*, Scott Dunn*.

Control of Fayette County Board of Commissioners Up For Grabs in Nov. 7 Election. (Uniontown Herald-Standard)

Franklin. (D) Bob Ziobrowski*, John Flannery. (R) Dean Horst*, Cameron Schroy.

Meet The Candidates For Franklin County Commissioner. (Chambersburg Public Opinion)

Greene. (D) Blair Zimmerman*, Christine Chris Bailey. (R) Betsy Rohanna McClure*, Jared Edgreen.

Election Will Decide Control of Greene County Board of Commissioners. (Washington Observer-Reporter)

Indiana. (D) Sherene Hess*, Aaron Lehman. (R) Robin A. Gorman*, Bonni S. Dunlap.

Four Candidates Seek Three County Commissioner Seats. (Indiana Gazette)

Lackawanna. (D) Bill Gaughan, Matt McGloin. (R) Chris Chermak*, Diana Campbell.

Lackawanna County Commissioner Candidates Play Nice, Focus on Issues. (Scranton Times-Tribune)

Lancaster. (D) Bob Hollister, Alice Yoder. (R) Josh Parsons*, Ray D’Agostino*.

Lancaster County Democrats aim for surprise showing in commissioners race. (LNP)

Parsons and D’Agostino defend record in bid for new term as commissioners. (LNP)

Lawrence. (D) Chris Sainato, Loretta Spielvogel*. (R) Daniel J. Vogler*, Dan Kennedy. 

Four Commissioners Candidates Vying For Three Seats. (New Castle News)

Lebanon. (D) Jo Ellen Litz*, Michael Schroeder. (R) Bob Phillips*, Mike Kuhn*.

2023 general election voters’ guide: Lebanon County. (PennLive)

Lehigh. (D) Dan Hartzell*, Sheila Alvarado, Jon Irons, April Riddick. (R) Gary Fedorcha, Rita Sisselberger, Paul Moat, Jacqueline Rivera.

Public safety, farmland preservation major talking points in Lehigh County commissioner race. (

Meet the candidates for Lehigh County commissioner seats, and what else you should know about the race. (Allentown Morning Call)

Luzerne. (D) Joanna Bryn Smith, Patricia Krushnowski, Brittany Stephenson, Michelle Rothenbecker, Jimmy Sabatino, Maryann Velez. (R) Stephen J. Urban, Lee Ann McDermott, Harry Haas, Thomas Dombroski, Kimberly Platek, Matthew Mitchell. 

12 Seek 6 Seats On Luzerne County Council. (Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice)

Lycoming. (D) Denitra Moffett, Mark Mussina. (R) Scott Metzger*, Marc Sortman.

Lycoming County Commissioner Candidates Try to Balance Spending Cuts, Mental Health Needs, Other Priorities. (Williamsport Sun-Gazette)

Mercer. (D) Timothy McGonigle*, Jim McLusky. (R) Ann Coleman, William Finley Jr.

Changes In Store For Mercer County Commissioners. (Sharon Herald)

Mifflin. (D) Kevin Kodish*. (R) Robert P. Postal*, Noah D. Wise.

Measure the Candidates Night Highlights Few Contested Seats. (Lewistown Sentinel)

Monroe. (D) Sharon Laverdure *, John Christy *. (R) David C. Parker, Christine A. Wilkins.

Q&A With Monroe Commissioner Candidates. (Pocono Record)

Montgomery. (D) Jamila Winder*, Neil Makhija. (R) Thomas DiBello, Liz Ferry.

Montgomery County Commissioner Candidates Tackle Voting Issues. (Norristown Times Herald)

Northumberland. (D) Craig Fetterman, Meghan Beck. (R) Sam Schiccatano*, Joseph Klebon.

Commissioner Candidates Share Views Leading into Nov. 7 Election. (Sunbury News-Item)

Pike. (D) R. Anthony Waldron*, Christa Caceres. (R) Matt Osterberg*, Ron Schmalze*.

Meet the Candidates for Pike County Commissioner. (Pike County Courier)

Somerset. (D) Pamela A. Tokar-Ickes, James D. Shepley. (R) Brian K. Fochtman, Irvin H. Kimmel Jr.

Ask the county commissioner candidates: How would you create sustainable employment chances? (Somerset Daily American)

Ask the county commissioner candidates: Top concerns for Somerset County. (Somerset Daily American)

Tioga. (D) Shane Nickerson, Joe Druetto. (R) Marc Rice, Sam Van Loon, Gary J. Wilson. (C) Bob Goodrich).

Six Candidates, Six Questions Provide Clues To Who Is Running For Tioga County Commissioner. (

Union. (D) Stacy Richards*, Sharon Koppel. (R) Jeff Reber*, Preston Boop*.

Four Candidates For Three Commissioner Seats In Union County. (Sunbury Daily Item)

Washington. (D) Larry Maggi*, Cindy Fisher. (R) Nick Sherman*, Electra Janis.

Control of Washington County Board of Commissioners Up For Grabs. (Observer-Reporter)

Election Battles Brewing in Counties outside Allegheny, Especially in Washington County. (KDKA)

Westmoreland. (D) Ted Kopas*, Lisa Gephart. (R) Sean Kertes*, Doug Chew*.

As Election Nears, Westmoreland Commissioner Candidates Look to the Future. (Tribune-Review)

York. (D) Doug Hoke*, Keena Minifield. (R) Julie Wheeler*, Scott Burford.

Housing, Public Safety and Spending Among the Issues in the York County Commissioners Race. (York Daily Record)

York County Commissioners Candidates Face Off at Rotary Club Forum. (York Dispatch)

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    Total Voters: 30

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