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County controller applicant drops out, two remain

August 17. 2013 9:04PM
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Bear Creek Village Mayor Walter Mitchell said he will not go through with his quest to be on the Republican ticket for Luzerne County Controller in the November general election. Former Controller Walter Griffith has withdrawn from the race and leaves an open spot on the ballot.

Mitchell owns Mitchell Financial Group, a consulting firm, and would have to shut it down if he were installed as controller, according to the Luzerne County home rule charter.

Mitchell said he could effectively run his business while monitoring the county’s books by using technology.

“When the county council considers a charter revision, I would urge its members to re-examine this wordage,” Mitchell said in a statement.

Other qualified county watchdogs are likely deterred from running for this position because of this stipulation, Mitchell said.

“I am very grateful to the county Republican Executive Committee and many friends and associates who have encouraged me to run. Perhaps another time,” Mitchell said.

The Republican executive committee is to choose between applicants Carolee Medico Olenginski and Karen Ceppa-Hirko on Sunday.

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