WILKES-BARRE TWP. —The Luzerne County Democratic Party has elected a new leader.
By unanimous acclamation, Hazleton area accountant Mike DeCosmo was elected party chairman at the party’s reorganization meeting Tuesday night at the Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Department Banquet Facility, according to a news release issued late Tuesday evening.
DeCosmo succeeds Wyoming Mayor Robert Boyer. His first appointment was that of Gale Conrad, of Plymouth Township, as vice chairwoman.
Conrad serves as chairwoman of the Plymouth Township Board of Supervisors.
About 160 Democratic Committee members attended the meeting, in addition to several supporters, elected officials and volunteers.
DeCosmo credited his father, Mike DeCosmo Sr., for getting him involved in the party at a young age.
“This is where the power of the party is, with the people,” DeCosmo reportedly said, referring to the committee members who comprised one of the largest crowds in decades for the Democratic Party.
“I will not overpromise and under-deliver, I will work hard and be accessible,” he vowed to applause and a standing ovation.
State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, called DeCosmo a “smart, hardworking community leader who has the organizational skills and professional experience to help us build a stronger Democratic Party in Luzerne County.”
“And, with Mike DeCosmo as chairman, a more robust and united Democratic Party in Luzerne County will mean more families will be heard on the issues they care about most like job opportunities, affordable health care, quality schools and safe communities,” Yudichak said.
DeCosmo was elected to serve a four-year term.
A life-long resident of the Hazleton area, DeCosmo was educated in Hazleton area schools. Upon graduation in 1972, he attended Villanova University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Lehigh University.
DeCosmo is also a licensed certified public accountant and is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He is a practicing CPA and has been in business for 34 years, the last 18 in Hazle Township. He is also a college professor in Accounting. He has taught at Lehigh University, Luzerne County Community College and Lackawanna Junior College. For the last 29 years, he has been a professor at East Stroudsburg University.
DeCosmo has been active politically for years, following in the footsteps of his father, Michael Sr., a committeeman for 36 years. In 1979, at the age of 24, DeCosmo was elected to Hazleton City Council. He was later elected to the Hazleton Area School Board and served as board president. Currently he is in his second term as Hazle Township Tax Collector.
He is the son of the late Michael C. DeCosmo Sr. and Loretta (Halton) DeCosmo of Lattimer. He is married to the former Linda Corvino. The couple have five children and seven grandchildren.