WYOMING — Thwarted in his attempt to compete in the Democratic race for the 120th state Legislative District representative’s seat today, Wyoming Area School Board member John Bolin said he has followed through on the idea of a November run for the job as an independent.
“I’m looking forward to making history in Pennsylvania and become the first representative elected as an independent,” Bolin said Monday after confirming he had switched party registration to independent so he could run in the fall.
It was an idea Bolin openly mulled shortly after withdrawing from the primary in March. He pulled out after reviewing his nominating petition and determining he had not gathered the 300 signatures needed to get on the primary ballot.
That review had been prompted when West Wyoming resident Charles Jackson challenged Bolin’s petition. A court hearing on the challenge had been scheduled but was canceled after Bolin withdrew.
At the time, Bolin criticized the challenge as a “petty legal battle” launched by opponents who were “disenfranchising the voters,” but he has never denied he was short the required signatures. He blamed the oversight on serious health problems he was facing at the time.
As an independent, Bolin would be facing Aaron Kaufer, the lone Republican on today’s ballot, and the winner of the Democratic nomination battle between Eileen Cipriani of West Wyoming and Gary Mack of Edwardsville. They are all vying for the seat of Phyllis Mundy, D-Kingston, who is retiring after 24 years in the post.
“I switched to independent,” Bolin said Monday. “I’m following my ambition and dreams to become a state representative. Back in March certain individuals questioned my petitions,so I’m going to run as an independent.
“I want to be the best representative for the people of the 120th district.”