Resigned Coal Twp. commissioner still on ballot
COAL TOWNSHIP - Gerard W. Waugh III, who resigned as a Coal Township commissioner Aug. 20, after the deadline to remove himself from the ballot for the Nov. 5 general election, doesn't know if he will accept the position if he is elected.
"I'm still discussing the issue with my family," Waugh said Wednesday when contacted by The News-Item. He did not indicate when he might reach a decision.
Waugh is one of three men on the ballot for just two seats on the board.
Waugh and fellow incumbent Craig Fetterman were unopposed in the Democratic primary and earned nominations. Fetterman also won the Republican nomination through write-in votes.
Paul M. Leshinskie won the Republican nomination. Leshinskie, who also ran for commissioner in 2011, was unopposed.
The deadline to remove a candidate's name from the ballot was Aug. 12.
Alisha Herb, director of the Northumberland County Board of Elections, said if Waugh receives enough votes to win the election for a four-year term but declines the position, the Coal Township board would have to appoint a commissioner for two years. The remaining two years of the four-year term would then be filled in the 2015 election.
The 40-year-old Waugh was appointed commissioner in 2010 to fill a vacancy created by the death of Albert Santor. He ran unopposed for a two-year term in the general election of Nov. 8, 2011.
Waugh resigned from the board three days after being involved in a domestic dispute outside The Den at the intersection of Routes 890 and 61 in Upper Augusta Township. Waugh and his 44-year-old wife, Carol, were cited by state police for harassment and disorderly conduct.
Waugh said the disturbance and charges were not connected to his decision to resign from the board. He cited an increased responsibility in his job duties and a commitment to spend more time with his family as reasons.
Democrat Joseph A. Zanella, an incumbent, is the only candidate on the ballot for a six-year term on the Mount Carmel Township Board of Supervisors.
Incumbent Gene E. Geise is running unopposed for the Zerbe Township Board of Supervisors in the Republican primary. There are no Democratic candidates.
Incumbent Supervisor Blaine P. Madara, a Republican, is a candidate for re-election in Ralpho Township. No one filed for municipal office on the Democratic ballot.