TUNKHANNOCK —Wyoming County Auditor Laura Dickson will seek the 117th State House District seat currently held by Republican Karen Boback in 2014.
The district shifted geographically last year under redistricting. Previously it included two municipalities in Columbia County, eight townships in Wyoming County and 23 municipalities in Luzerne County.
It now includes just nine municipalities in Luzerne County, four in Lackawanna County and all 23 in Wyoming County. It still has a Republican advantage when it comes to voter registration.
Boback, 62, of Harveys Lake, said she doesn’t take anything for granted, including the voter registration disparity.
Dickson, a Democrat and the president of the Wyoming County Democratic Women’s Society, made the announcement Thursday afternoon at Lazybrook Park in her hometown of Tunkhannock.
“I decided to run based on the conversations I’ve had with people across the district and their dissatisfaction with our current representation in Harrisburg,” she said.
Dickson, who has served as Wyoming County auditor since 2010, said her record related to fiscal responsibility will serve her well if sent to Harrisburg.
“We need to make sure that every penny is being spent properly, especially when so many municipal and county budgets are shrinking. We need to balance the needs of our citizens with the financial resources available to us,” said Dickson.
She and her husband, Jim, have been married for 34 years and have a daughter, Sharon Dickson-Jacoby.
Dickson, 58, stated her focus as state representative would be on promoting economic development through education, infrastructure rehabilitation, and development of new “green” industries.
“If we can coordinate our education system with the needs of potential employers, we can create hundreds, if not thousands, of new jobs in this district. We need a representative that will work every day to achieve that goal.”
Boback said her voting record is strong, her committment to her constituents, regardless of county, is too.
The new district, she said, actually “represents Karen Boback.” She noted she was born in Lackawanna County, worked in Wyoming County and lives in Luzerne County.