The largest voting body in Tuesday’s general election chose incumbent Jim Haggerty as its mayor, giving him 1,211 votes, unofficial results show.
Haggerty returns for his fifth term as mayor of Kingston. He beat Democratic nominee Curt Piazza, who won 464 votes.
Piazza’s platform promising to empower Kingston’s citizenry and improve public perception of the borough’s police department, which is recovering from a payroll scandal earlier this year, could not stand against Haggerty’s reputation for securing millions in grants for improvement projects and his integral role in regionalizing Kingston’s fire department with Forty Fort’s.
Just under the Cross-Valley overpass, Kingston’s eastern neighbors in Forty Fort chose the package deal, voting to give Andy Tuzinski, who campaigned with high vote-getting council candidates Dottie Craig, Jeff McLaughlin and Rob Swaback. Tuzinski, coming in with 494 votes, overtook his opponent, Patrick Meade, by 60 votes. Tuzinski had served as council president, and temporarily filled the mayor’s chair in 2005 when acting Mayor Boyd Hoats Sr. died unexpectedly.
In Swoyersville, incumbent Mayor Vincent Dennis took 415 votes over his opponent, independent Chris Concert, jumping on the ticket post-primary elections. Concert received 342 votes.
Going into the race, Concert, who will enter his third year as a borough councilman in January, said he did not have high expectations for a win, but called his candidacy a “stepping stone.”
Former Harveys Lake Mayor Richard A. Boice received about half of Harveys Lake voters’ approval in the primary election, winning 131 votes to his opponent incumbent Clarence Hogan’s 135. Voter confidence in Boice seems to have slipped since May.
Boice, executive director of the Harveys Lake General Municipal Authority, is to appear in district court later this month on charges he and two other borough employees used $800 in municipal funds for personal purchases.
Hogan claimed the race as top vote-getter with 352 votes. Boice got 293.
Other contested mayoral races were:
Clarence E. Lewis (R) 112 | Beverly Moore (D) 115
William A. Davis (R) 108 | Dominick A. Panetta (D) 84
Dawn M. Holohan (R) 102 | Frederick J. Meier (D) 114
Uncontested Mayoral races were:
ASHLEY: David J. Evans
AVOCA: Robert J. Mullen
BEAR CREEK VILLAGE: Walter S. Mitchell Jr.
CONYNGHAM: Joseph Carrelli
COURTDALE: Dorothy A. Duesler
DALLAS: Timothy J. Carroll
DUPONT: Daniel A. Lello
DURYEA: Keith Alan Moss
EDWARDSVILLE: Bernard ‘Ace’ Dubaskas
EXETER: Cassandra I. Coleman
FREELAND: Ed Appleman
HUGHESTOWN: Wayne Quick
LARKSVILLE: Joe Zawadski
LAUREL RUN: Justin M. Correll
LUZERNE: James Keller
NANTICOKE: Richie Wiaterowski
NEW COLUMBUS: Allen E. Chapin
NESCOPECK: Tim Kelchner
NUANGOLA: Norman Rule
PLYMOUTH: Dorothy Petrosky
PITTSTON: Jason C. Klush
WEST HAZLETON: Frank A. Schmidt
WEST PITTSTON: Tony Denisco
WEST WYOMING: Joseph T. Herbert
WYOMING: Bob Boyer
YATESVILLE: Vince Tozzi