While no state legislative seats are on the ballot this year, there will be plenty of offices dotting the ballots throughout Luzerne County this year.
More than 600 elected positions will be up this year, though only two will be at the countywide level: controller and half of the council seats.
The rest are at the municipal or school district level and include mayors, council members, supervisors, commissioners, tax collectors, auditors and school directors. There are also city controller positions up this year in Nanticoke and Pittston and the treasurer position in Nanticoke.
And three district judgeships are on the ballot this year. The seats serve greater Pittston, greater Hazleton and the Bear Creek area.
While nearly all municipalities with mayors will have that position on the ballot this year, some, including Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre Township, Hazleton, Laflin, Penn Lake Park and Jeddo, will not.
Candidates interested in appearing on the May 21 primary election ballot can begin filing nominating petitions on Feb. 19 and theyâ??re due to the county electionâ??s bureau on or before March 12.
According to Luzerne County Director of Elections Marisa Crispell, she is still waiting from each municipality for a roster of offices to be placed on the agenda this year. The packets for interested candidates are available for pick up but they can not start circulating them for signatures until the 19th.
The following are the required minimum number of signatures for candidates to appear on the ballot:
â?¢ County Controller: 250
â?¢ County Council: 250
â?¢ City Controller: 100
â?¢ City Treasurer: 100
â?¢ City Mayor: 100
â?¢ City Council: 100
â?¢ District Magistrate: 100
â?¢ School director in districts that have a city: 100
â?¢ Borough/Township Mayor: 10
â?¢ Borough Council: 10
â?¢ Township Supervisor/Commissioner: 10
â?¢ Tax Collector: 10
â?¢ Auditor: 10
â?¢ Judge of Elections: 10
â?¢ Inspector of Elections: 5
â?¢ School Director: 10