Two more candidates have stepped forward in the race for District Magistrate in Mountaintop, bringing the total number of hopefuls to six. They will all face off in the May primaries, for a seat vacated by retired Judge Ronald Swank, who held the post for 40 years and is highly respected in the community.
Stacey Acri, an attorney who also served in the Navy, and Tim Lenahan, a realtor and former mayor of the Penn Lake Borough, recently announced their candidacies. They both hope to be elected to the six-year term, which pays $88,290 per year.
Other hopefuls, who announced
their candidacies late last year, are Thomas Szoke, chief of the White Haven Police; Brian Macko, an officer with the Wright Township Police; Ferris Webby, a defense attorney; and John Augustine III, President and CEO of Penn’s Northeast.
Acri says the legal experience she’s gained in her work as an attorney, as well as the life experience she acquired by serving for years in the military, are what qualify her to be magistrate.
“It’s something that I’ve thought
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