MOUNT CARMEL - Philip "Bing" Cimino has announced his candidacy for mayor of Mount Carmel Borough. A registered Democrat, Philip is also asking for the support of Republicans through write-in votes.

Cimino previously served on Mount Carmel Borough Council for two terms, including as vice president and president.

Cimino's said his commitment to the community helped in advancing recreational improvements, beginning with volunteerism to help construct the Sixth Street Tot Lot, which saved the borough money.

Cimino said when people describe being mayor as a "thankless job," his response is, "If you need to be thanked for everything you do, you are in it for the wrong reasons."

If elected, Cimino said he work with the citizens, code enforcement, council and fire and police departments to provide a cleaner and safer environment. He promised to walk throughout the borough and provide an open door policy to discuss problems and work together to solve them.

A lifelong resident of Mount Carmel, Cimino graduated from Mount Carmel Area High School and Northumberland County Vocational-Technical School. Serving more than 8 1/2 years in the U.S. Air Force, he was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. During his military service, he worked on aircraft armament systems and later working with wideband communications/security systems. While in the Air Force, he received two associate degrees, one for electronic technology and the other for aircraft armament systems.

Cimino has been employed as an electromechanical instructor at Schuylkill Technology Center in Frackville for 23 years. He teaches high school and adult students a trade for their future and life skills.

Cimino earned his electromechanical teaching certification and master's equivalency from Temple University. As valedictorian of his class, he received his bachelor's degree from Penn State University in workforce education and development and certifications in cooperative education and electronics.

A life member of the Clover Hose Company, Cimino serves as a house committee member, and is actively involved in annual Clover Hose holiday and community events. For the past 11 years, he has helped arrange the 9/11 memorial service sponsored by the company. He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

He serves as lieutenant for the Clover Hose Company, vice president of the Mount Carmel Fire Department, member and liaison with the fire police and a delegate to the Anthracite Firemen's Relief Association.

Previously, he served on the Mount Carmel Recreation Board, volunteered as an assistant coach for the Mount Carmel Jets football team and has served as a mentor with high school students for F.I.R.S.T. Robotic Competition Teams for designing, building and competing with robots at regional and national events. He is an assistant coach for the Clover Hose Junior Baseball team.

His hobbies include model railroading, working on classic and antique vehicles and attending car shows.

Cimino, who attends the Church of Our Lady in Mount Carmel, is a son of Mary and the late Samuel Cimino Sr. He is married to Charmange Cimino. He has two daughters, Florida and Phylicia, two stepchildren, Zachariah and Sarah Shuder, and three grandsons, Trevor, Chase and Dylan Shuder.

Cimino said he strives to show everyone "CPR," something he read on an New York City police cruiser and instills this in his students - courtesy, professionalism and respect.