Nine Republicans, five Democrats running for county council

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Mar. 10—Nine Republicans and five Democrats filed to run for five available Luzerne County Council seats in the May 18 primary, according to the county bureau of elections.

Tuesday was the deadline for candidates in the primary to return completed nominating petitions. The last day to challenge the validity of petitions is March 16.

In the other countywide race this year — county controller — Councilman Walter Griffith was the only person to file as a Republican, while incumbent Michelle Bednar was the only person to file as a Democrat. Those two faced off in the 2017 election for controller, which Bednar won.

The nine Republicans running for county council, assuming their petitions survive any potential challenges, are Chris R. Perry, incumbent; Gregory S. Wolovich Jr., Brian Thornton, Ronald Knapp, Kevin Lescavage, Carl G. Bienias III, John Lombardo, Michael G. Vacendak and Martin L. Dartoe.

The five people who filed to run for county council as Democrats are Sheila Saidman, incumbent; Matthew Vough, incumbent; Jane Walsh Waitkus, Maryann Velez and Jimmy Sabatino.

The 11-member council serves as the legislative branch of county government. Council members are elected to four-year terms and are paid $8,000 per year.

Council members Harry Haas and Linda McClosky Houck are term-limited and may not run for reelection.

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