Hazleton resident Kathy Dobash has announced her candidacy for Luzerne County Council.
A Republican, Dobash said she has attended most County Council meetings and many meetings of council committees and county boards. She also volunteered to take phone calls at the county Emergency Management Agency during September 2011 flooding.
Dobash said she strongly supports “full and open transparency.”
“All decisions made by the new Luzerne County Council must be open and above board. The County Council cannot tend to personal agendas backed by inflated egos with giant political objectives. Luzerne County must heal first to move forward in the restoration of trust,” she said.
Dobash said people are angry about government “waste and greed.”
“Raising taxes is not an option. I will work to not raise taxes and pay down the debt. We must look for the waste in all departments and branches of government,” she said.
The public also realizes the county’s new home rule charter “does not contain consequences when it is not followed,” she said. She described council as a “super-sized school board” and said she would push for amendments to “ensure elected officials follow the charter.”
Dobash, 53, has a bachelor’s degrees in art and art education from Penn State University. She has worked as an art educator and therapeutic staff support worker. Dobash currently works as an inventory specialist in the private sector and continues with art endeavors.
She is the daughter of the late Edward J. and Marie E. (Potter) Dobash.
Citizens may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.