WILKES-BARRE — The campaign kickoff for 2015 oath of offices is still seven months away, but Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said Thursday she will seek a second four-year term.
Salavantis made the announcement during a meeting with The Times Leader Opinion Board.
“I love the job,” Salavantis said. “It is so much more than I ever expected. It’s sitting down with (victim) families, talking to them. I take it one day at a time.”
Salavantis campaigned on the Republican ticket, narrowly defeating Democratic incumbent Jacqueline Musto Carroll in the 2011 general election.
According to official election results from the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections, Salavantis received 31,801 votes to 30,839 votes cast for Musto Carroll, a margin of 962 votes.
It didn’t come cheap for Salavantis.
Campaign reports indicate Salavantis’ campaign spent nearly $270,000 compared to $123,000 by Musto Carroll campaign.
While it’s too early to say if there will be a Republican challenger, there may be a race for the Democratic nomination for district attorney.
Luzerne County Chief Solicitor C. David Pedri has stated he will campaign for district attorney while Musto Carroll said she is “seriously considering” entering the race.
“Although I left the office, it never left my blood,” Musto Carroll said Friday. “I am constantly being asked on a daily basis. I am certainly considering it.”
While Musto Carroll served one term as district attorney, she was a prosecutor with the office for 19 years under previous district attorneys.
Pedri could not be reached for comment on Friday. He was deputy district attorney under Musto Carroll and left the office when Salavantis took office.