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Carolyn Carluccio

Candidate for Supreme Court 

PA GOP endorsed.

    Harry Smail Jr.

    Candidate for Superior Court 

    PA GOP endorsed.

      Maria Battista

      Candidate for Superior Court 

      PA GOP endorsed.

        Megan Martin

        Candidate for Commonwealth Court 

        PA GOP endorsed.

          David Parker

          Candidate for County Commissioner 

          David Parker was born and raised in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.   He graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Business Administration, where he was a member of the student senate.  After working three years at Castles Lumber in Carlisle, PA, David joined the family business, Cramer’s Home Building Centers, which was started by his Great Grandfather, R.C. Cramer in 1915.  For 27 years, David served in various positions including: salesperson, assistant store manager, buyer, Director of Human Resources and most recently store manager at Cramer’s in Pocono Summit.  The company was sold in June 2022. David currently works at Walmart Distribution in Tobyhanna. 

          In November 2014, David was elected State Representative of the newly created 115th legislative district in Monroe County.  He got right to work on School Property taxes and by May 2015, helped pass HB504 which would have reduced school property taxes in Monroe County by 40% for the average homeowner. Unfortunately, the bill was not voted on in the State Senate. When special interests and other lawmakers sought to disproportionately allocate new school funding to other parts of the State, David stood up for Monroe County and successfully fought to get more money for our schools using the new formula. There is still work to be done to get equity in school funding and David lead the charge with legislation (HB2111) and budget amendments. In addition to his efforts on school taxes and funding, David also authored Redistricting Reform Legislation (HB1835) in the House of Representatives which was supported by The League of Women Voters, The Commonwealth Foundation and . 

          An active member of the community, David is a long-time member of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce, where he served as Chairman of the Human Resources Committee. He sits on the Advisory Board of the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army where he chaired the Property Committee and served on the Annual Christmas Kettle Campaign Committee. He is a member of the Deacon Board at First Baptist Church in East Stroudsburg and has served as an usher, youth leader, Sunday School teacher and Chairman of the Missions Committee. David founded the Pocono Toastmasters Club, an organization committed to helping people become better speakers and leaders. He has also served on the Pocono Builders Association Board of Directors, Monroe County Habitat for Humanity Construction Committee and Monroe County Technical Institute. Occupational Advisory Committee – Building Trades.

          David and his wife Amanda reside in Stroud Township and have five daughters Ashley, Maria, Lia, Gabriella, and Isabelle.

          Contact: David Parker


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            Thomas C. Whitehead

            Candidate for County Commissioner 

            Thomas Whitehead has announced his candidacy for Monroe County Commissioner. He will be seeking the Republican nomination in the May 16th Primary.

            Whitehead, 44, has resided in Tunkhannock Township for most of his life & graduated of Pocono Mountain High School.

            If elected, Whitehead says his priorities will be on preserving the Poconos, attracting family-sustaining jobs, maintaining a fiscally responsible county budget while avoiding any unnecessary tax increases, ensuring election integrity and encouraging the development of affordable housing.

            Whitehead is the former Chairman of the Monroe County Republican Committee and has worked for numerous legislators and campaigns including managing the campaigns of Dr. Nche Zama for Governor, Mario Scavello for State Senate and Josephine Ferro for Monroe County Register/Recorder.  

            Whitehead earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Shepherd University in West Virginia. After college, he spent 5 years in Washington, D.C. working on Capitol Hill for Congressmen Don Sherwood and Jim Sensenbrenner.  He then returned to Northeast Pennsylvania where he worked on several campaigns and worked in the district offices of Congressman Lou Barletta and State Representative Doyle Heffley.

            Whitehead also worked in the Courthouse for the Monroe County Recorder of Deeds Office.  He is the only candidate who previously worked for the County prior to running for County Commissioner.

            In 2019, Whitehead was appointed by the County Commissioners to serve on the board of the Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority. He has also been elected as an auditor in Tunkhannock Township.

            Whitehead is an active member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Brodheadsville, where he served as an altar server in his youth and as an usher.  He has been a member of the Knight of Columbus Council 7141 for over 25 years.

            Whitehead also serves as one of Monroe County’s elected representatives on the PA Republican State Committee and is the President of the West End Republican Club. Additionally, he is a member the Pocono Irish American Club, the Pocono Chamber of Commerce and a life member of the NRA.

            Contact information: 


            Phone: (570) 664-3845



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            Christine A Wilkins

            Candidate for County Commissioner 

            Christine, 52,  has lived in Monroe County for nearly five decades. Born on Plattsburg Air Force Base, she moved to Stroudsburg at the age of 5. She is a graduate of Stroudsburg High School and Pocono Real Estate Academy where she earned her Broker’s License.  She is an experienced and successful businesswoman who owns and operates Better Homes and Gardens Wilkins & Assoc. with her husband, Thomas R. Wilkins. She is a mother of a thirteen year old son and stepmother of two. 

            For the past nine years, Wilkins has served her neighbors as an elected Supervisor in Stroud Township, currently serving as Chariwoman of the Board.  Wilkins has been standing up for the concerns of nearly 20,000 residents and dealing with issues ranging from budgeting to public safety to infrastructure. Wilkins’ work as a supervisor has earned her the respect of her peers across the county who named her the Vice President of the Pocono Mountains Council of Governments that brings together local officials from municipalities across the county to solve multi-jurisdictional problems.

            “My work on the Council of Governments has provided me with a unique understanding of the issues facing every corner of Monroe County and the working relationships with local officials that will allow me to begin on day one pushing the commonsense solutions needed to address those issues,” Wilkins said.  

            Wilkins has always worked with “open door policies” and is always open to communication. Wilkins is an effective Team Leader and is extremely effective in bringing people together to accomplish goals.

            Deeply committed to improving our community, Christine is well-known across Monroe County for her volunteer and philanthropic activities. She has given her time and effort to numerous local non-profits and associations, including serving with the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, the Day Street Advisory Board, the Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors. She is currently serving Women’s Resources of Monroe County, East Stroudsburg Little League, and Kettle Creek Environmental Fund.  She has also assisted in events for Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, The American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, United Way, and various Food Banks in Monroe County.

            A strong conservative, Christine believes in limited government, fiscal responsility and the preservation of our Constitutional Rights and freedoms. It is this mindset she will bring to county government as she works to help taxpayers, grow our economy, and protect the unique and special quality of life we enjoy here in Monroe County.

            Christine A Wilkins



            Direct phone: 570-977-8677

            Address:  Friends of Christine A Wilkins

                            PO Box 16

                            Analomink, Pa 18320

              Alexander Marek

              Candidate for County District Attorney

              Alex Marek grew up in a small town in Northern Michigan but has been a resident of Monroe County Pennsylvania for the last nine years.  Alex, along with his wife, Kristin, and children moved to Pennsylvania when Kristin accepted a position at St. Luke’s Family Practice in Brodheadsville.  Prior to moving to Pennsylvania Alex served as a federal criminal investigator with the United States Postal Inspection Service and as a Federal Air Marshal with the United States Federal Air Marshal Service.

              Alex’s educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Alma College (Alma, MI), a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI), and a Juris Doctorate degree from Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Lansing, MI). 

              Alex has a broad range of experience.  Alex began his law enforcement career in 1999 as a Public Safety Officer at a small municipality in Michigan.  His duties entailed police both police patrol and firefighting.  Alex also served in the United States Army and received an Honorable Discharge for his military service.  Alex has also been employed as a police officer with the City of York (PA) and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Jon Mark at the Monroe County (PA) Court of Common Pleas.

              Alex has been a licensed attorney since 2007.  Alex first acquired his bar license in the State of Michigan in May of 2007 and later became licensed with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2016.  Alex is also registered as a licensed patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

              Alex has worked the last several years practicing law as a solo practitioner while serving as a part-time detective with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.  Alex also coached little league baseball with Stroudsburg Little League along with coaching Football and Baseball at Stroudsburg Highschool.

              In June 2021 Alex accepted a full-time detective position with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office before transitioning to the position of Assistant District Attorney in June 2022 with the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office where he is presently employed.

              Alex possesses a wealth of knowledge from approximately twenty years of law enforcement and legal practice at both the state and federal levels.  The combination of his extensive experience, in conjunction with Alex’s educational background, along with his lead by example demeanor utilizing the tenets of honesty, integrity, and fairness, makes Alex the ideal choice to be the next District Attorney for Monroe County.



              Phone: 570-977-0847


              Website: Alex Marek for District Attorney


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              Sheriff Ken Morris

              Candidate for County Sheriff

              Background Information on Sheriff Ken Morris:

              Sheriff Ken Morris, a native of Monroe County and graduate of Pocono Mountain High School, is seeking your support for RE-ELECTION as your Sheriff. Sheriff Morris has dedicated half of his life to protecting and serving our community and the county, as a whole.

              In 2002, Sheriff Morris began his professional career by enlisting into the United States Marine Corps where he served for 8 years. After his honorable discharge, he continued his career by graduating from the Allentown Police Academy where he obtained his Act 120 Certification.

              In 2011, Ken was hired by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and went on to obtain his Act 2 certification through the Pennsylvania Sheriff and Deputy Training Program at Penn State University. As a Deputy Sheriff, Ken Morris became the TASER and OC instructor (Pepper spray). During this time, he gained knowledge and experience in grant funding and worked with the Monroe County Commissioners to obtain necessary equipment for the office.

              In 2016, he was promoted to Corporal/Field Training Officer, where he became responsible for hiring and training new deputies as well as providing continuing education for the entire office.

              In 2018, Ken was promoted to Sergeant, where his duties and responsibilities were to execute the day-to-day operations of the office handed down by the Chief Deputy.

              In 2019, Ken ran for the open sheriff seat. After winning the primary and general elections, he was sworn in as Sheriff in January of 2020.


              Accomplishments as Current Sheriff of Monroe County:

              Immediately after being sworn in, Sheriff Morris went right to work. A FEW of his accomplishments are as follows:

              - Cut nearly $140,000.00 from the yearly budget to obtain long and overdue raises for all staff and make the office more efficient. This included combining positions and going paperless where practical.

                - Upgraded antiquated technology and equipment.

              - Found creative ways to fund innovation such as acquiring a thermal imaging drone by a combination of grant money and donations.

               - Held firearms auctions for federally licensed personnel, netting more than $23,000 earmarked for training and equipment (this was not open to the public.)

              - Provides additional assistance to all local law enforcement agencies whenever needed.

              - Enhanced all security measures and protocols in high level cases such as in the case of Bryan Kohlberger

              - Involved with planning the design of the new courthouse in regard to offices, cells, elevators, intake, holding areas, cameras and other technology to ensure the completed project will meet the highest standards of safety and protection.

               -Started weekly inmate work details to clean Monroe County roads.

                - Established duty to intervene and de-escalation training and techniques for the Deputies.

              - Re-established Deputies on the Monroe County Drug Task Force.

              - Streamlined the Firearms Division and added the ability for citizens to apply for their License to Carry, online.

              - Moved all Real Estate auctions to an online platform to improve workflow and the availability of information to the public through our county website. This move also increased revenue given to the county general fund and lowered blight, due to more people having access to the bidding process.

              - Donated nearly $40,000.00 to local Monroe County charities and organizations.

               -Donated 100 bullet proof vests to the Ukraine.

              - Assigns Deputy’s to deliver meals for “Meals on Wheels” when they are shorthanded.

              - Partnered with Toys for Tots to deliver gifts to Monroe County children.

              - Assists with the Thanksgiving Basket Initiative, annually feeding over 200 Monroe County residents in need, for the holidays.

              - Always makes himself available to participate in charity events and the community in general.

              - Endorsed by the FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE, STROUD LODGE 75 (FOP.)

              With your support we can accomplish so much more in the next 4 years. We humbly ask that you vote to

              RE-ELECT SHERIFF KEN MORRIS this election season.



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              Marlo Merhige

              Candidate for County Controller

              Marlo started at the County in 1997 as the Deputy Controller.  She got elected as Controller in 2001 during a Special Election.

              As this position is not poltical in the day to day functions, her 20+ years of knowledge, leadership skills and experience are invaluable to the County's future operations.

              Marlo years of public auditing experience make her highly qualified to handle the complex accounting, auditing, payroll and pension issues that arise with this position.

              Taxpayers cannot afford someone with no experience in this crucial County office.

              The Controller pays all the bills for the County, weekly.  There are hundreds of bills which are reviewed for accuracy and necessity.

              These same bills are posted to the County's internet site, allowing for total transparency.

              The Controller oversees 40+ departments in the County and monitors all the revenue collections.  It is the job of the Controller to designate where all of this revenue

              gets posted to.  There are hundreds of accounts in the County's financial system, and it is the Controller's responsibility to maintain the integrity of this financial system.

              The Controller processes payroll for over 700 employees represented by 6 different unions.  A few years ago, the County went to a time and attendance

              system, which has helped to alleviate the unnecessary paper.  Employees punch in on their computers and use a thumbprint scan.

              The Controller conducts various audits on a yearly basis.  The required audits include the 9 District Justice audits, 20 Tax Collector audits, the District

              Attorney's Drug Forfeiture audit and a yearly financial audit that is due to the State.  In addition to these audits are 3 jail accounts and various hotels/BnB's

              for the 3% tax they need to collect and remit to the County.  Other County audits are conducted at the Controller's discretion.

              The Controller works with all grant agencies (ie. C&Y, Aging, Career Link, etc) to ensure that the reports they submit to the State quarterly, agree with the County's

              financial system (lots of reconciling included here to make things balance).  The end result of this work is preparing the Schedule of Federal Awards for the County auditors.

              The Controller serves on the Retirement Board, Salary Board and Prison Board.

              As Secretary of the Retirement Board, the Controller processes all pension payments as employees leave the County.  The Retirement Board manages a $125 million

              Fund and makes changes to the Fund's investment allocations as deemed necessary.  In 2012 the Controller was instrumental in bringing in a new consultant/manager

              and the Fund grew from $50+ million to its current value of $125 million.

              Controller Merhige continues to improve and streamline the work of her department.  Going more and more paperless over the years has helped to manage the daily

              process.  Invoices, revenue documentation and payroll are just a few items that have been updated to paperless.  All changes for going paperless must follow the Retention Law.

              As the Controller works with a $180 million budget, this is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly.  This job requires an accountant with experience and knowledge

              of the huge undertaking in managing the County's accounting system.  If the County's financial system fails, taxes will go up.  Marlo operates the Controller's Office independent of politics.


              Marlo graduated Cum Laude from Misericordia University with a BS in Accounting.  Prior to working at the County, she spent two years with a public accounting firm where she

              learned all aspects of auditing. 

              Marlo has been acknowledged professionally at the State level having served as President of the Pa State Association of County Controllers from 2021-2022.

              She was also one of four Controllers selected by State Auditor Tim DeFoor for his transition team when elected in 2020. 

              Marlo and her Team continue to advance the County's accounting system and their excellence has been proven through yearly County audits.  As an active member

              of the Controller Association, she continues to work with state and local officials to make Monroe County's financial system one of the best in the State.

              Marlo lives in Cresco with her husband Steve.  They have one daughter, Alexis, who is pursuing her Master's Degree at West Chester University for Criminal Justice.




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              Josephine Ferro

              Candidate for County Register of Wills/Recorder of Deeds

              Josephine Ferro is currently the Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds for Monroe County. Mrs. Ferro joined the office in 2010, first serving as a Clerk and Deputy Register of Wills. In her position, she ensures the accurate processing of public records pertaining to estates and realty transfers, manages queries and requests from the county’s citizens and legal offices. In her time with the County Mrs. Ferro led the revision and implementation of numerous business procedures to improve the efficiency of the Office’s operations and the quality of its service. Her oversight has included updating the electronic platforms and systems upon which the Office processes its documents.


              Prior to joining the Register of Wills Office, Mrs. Ferro spent 34 years in the private business sector as a manager and consultant. Her earliest professional experiences included serving as the Chief Operating Officer for a private trucking company. Eventually, Mrs. Ferro applied her business acumen and management skills to the medical sector, where she negotiated contracts for providers and services; oversaw the implementation of billing and accounting platforms; and established specialty business units within a hospital setting. 


              Perhaps most impressively, Mrs. Ferro remains continuously active in community, church, civic, and local and national political efforts. She has held elected and leadership positions at various organizations including Presidency for multiple terms with the Monroe Council of Republican Women. Her 30 years of work with the Rotary of the Smithfields includes serving as Secretary for two terms, President for two terms and on the Fundraising, Scholarship & RYLA Committees. Mrs. Ferro assists in instituting and executing major, annual fundraising events and various fundraising activities, as well as implements the policies and procedures for securing scholarship funds. She led the Parish Council of the Church of St. John for more than ten years and has served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and member of the Rebuild Committee. Josephine currently worships at St. Matthew’s Church in East Stroudsburg and serves as a Lector.


              For 34 years, Mrs. Ferro has lived in East Stroudsburg, PA, where she and her husband raised four children and are now enjoying the company of nine grandchildren. 


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              George Warden

              Candidate for County Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts

              George Warden has served as Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts since 2000.  He is a past chairman of the Monroe County Republican Committee

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                Pete Begley

                Candidate for District Judge 43-3-01

                I’ve been involved in local politics in the Poconos for nearly 20 years. Serving first as a Committeeman and then elected as a Borough Councilor from East Stroudsburg during the years 2011-2015. I then ran for State Representative for the newly created 115 in 2015. At this time I was for several years on the Steering Committee of the Pocono Tea Party booking the guests, filming the meetings, editing and uploading the videos to the You Tube channel I created, Pocono Tea Party.

                I was very active in the campaign to elect President Trump and was featured in a CNN piece on the campaign when they sent a crew to Stroudsburg to film us..


                My work as a musician called me to Nashville for a few years and I have since returned in 2020, where again I worked in the Poconos to re-elect President Trump. I ran for Chairman of the Monroe County Republican Committee. The victor, Robert Butler, appointed me Vice Chairman in June 2022. As a result of running for Magisterial Judge it was required I resign that position and am now the Republican candidate for Magisterial Judge in Smithfield, Delaware Water Gap and Middle Smithfield.

                 What would qualify me to serve as an elected Judge? All law is based on morality. All morality is based on a moral law by which we differentiate between right and wrong, good and evil. Who is the Moral Lawgiver? The Declaration of Independence answers that question. “We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights”. God is the Moral Lawgiver. The Declaration of Independence is the First Organic Law listed in the United States Code (the US Constitution is the fourth).
                Having a firm grasp of the Bible, in which is to be found that Moral Law of God, is a necessity for good governance and proper judicial application of the Law.

                However, the power of the Judiciary must be limited and in accordance with those principles set forth by the Founding Fathers.
                “Our Constitution. . . . has given – according to this opinion – to one of [the three Branches] alone the right to prescribe rules for the government of the others – and to that one, too, which is unelected by and independent of the nation. . . . The Constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the Judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please.”
                Thomas Jefferson

                This is our present state and most Judges are pleased with it. I am not. We need accountability from the Judiciary and an adherence to the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution as well as the Constitution. Of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

                On a personal note I started Liberty in Christ Church on April 16, 2023. We meet Sunday mornings at 11 AM at 117 Pipher Lane, Stroudsburg. The emphasis is on defending the faith and its place in society at large as well as America’s Christian Founding.

                Thank you for your consideration.
                God bless America.


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                  Shelli Bird

                  Candidate for District Judge 43-3-04

                  I am a Monroe County Native, graduating from Pocono Mountain High School. I went on to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education (Mathematics) from East Stroudsburg University,  and later, a Master's Degree in Political Science from ESU as well.

                   I have taught High School Math for East Stroudsburg School district since 1998. One semester,  I taught Local Government at Northampton Community College. Also in 1998 I was elected to the Mt Pocono Borough Council where I served for about 15 years, until moving to Ross

                   Township in 2013. I also served on the Board of Director's for Kulp Foundry, a company started by my grandfather and great grandfather.

                   When I moved to Ross Township, I served as both a Republican County Committee woman, and a State Committee woman. I also served as both a Vice Chair, and the Secretary of MCRC.  For the last 4 seasons, I have been a Girls on the Run Coach. Finally, I am a proud member of the Anstine class of 22/23.

                  I have one husband, two daughters, three pets and no favorites.

                  I am running for Magisterial District Judge in the West End because I


                  know I can serve the people in the community with fairness and compassion. I understand the issues the affect our community, and the impact they have on our children, and I want to help.


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                  Rich White

                  Candidate for District Judge 43-4-04



                    Norman A. Burger

                    Candidate for Pleasant Valley School Board (2 Year)



                    Janet Dooner

                    Candidate for Pleasant Valley School Board (4 Year)

                    Best Job Ever: Homemaker/parent of 4 PV students.  

                    History: Registered Dietitian ADA/Assistant Director Nutrition Services. Administrative Assistant Marywood Continuing Ed/Residence Life Marywood University.

                    Pleasant Valley SD Monitor HS/MS. (no pension received) Volunteer Service @PVSD k-12, President Boys Soccer booster/Vice President Football/FBLA ad hoc, Unity Night/Diversity Club, All Sports Club.  Animal Rescue Foster parent 5+yr, Valor House outreach. 

                    Running to serve for “such a time as this” the Children, Families, and Community.

                    Ready to face the challenges with energy and positivity.

                    My education was a helping service professional with a unique perspective of social economic stressors with the realm of public and personal nutrition and health. Raising 4 children as my husband worked 2 jobs while away from the family, opens my mind to the struggle of humanity when times are economically difficult. Education is a business model intertwined with public policy and therefore must be understood as such to communicate to the community. Children’s education is the foundation for the future. This is an opportunity to SERVE as I have been called to do my entire life. I welcome the opportunity to share more of my experiences.  



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                      Antoinette Gravell

                      Candidate for Pleasant Valley School Board (4 Year)

                      Hard working, single Mother of 2 Pleasant Valley Graduates. One of which completed PV/IU 20 Special Education program. Having worked at the East Stroudsburg Area School District as tax collector, I am well versed with the infrastructure of school administration as well as the unique challenges public school face. I have also worked in the Banking industry; I have accumulated an above average knowledge of finance & budget. Presently I am working in the Health Care field.  I also have 20+ years involvement with Pleasant Valley from past PTO, and was PTO President of PVI and PVMS, as well as a Proud PV Band parent and volunteer.


                        Alice M Wheelis

                        Candidate for Pleasant Valley School Board (4 Year)

                          Robert Clark

                          Candidate for Pleasant Valley School Board (4 Year)

                            Ryan O Keefe

                            Candidate for Pleasant Valley School Board (4 Year)

                              John Gesiskie

                              Candidate for Pleasant Valley School Board (4 Year)

                                Matthew Walters

                                Candidate for Pleasant Valley School Board (4 Year)

                                  Cindy Blake

                                  Candidate for Stroudsburg School Board (4 Year)

                                  My name is Cindy Blake. I am a lifelong resident of Stroudsburg. My husband and both children are graduates of Stroudsburg High School. I am a graduate of East Stroudsburg High School. I am an experienced School Board member. I’m well versed in policy and understand the Sunshine Law. I have worked with children for over 25 years and still do to this day. I served on the joint operation board of MCTI. I also served on multiple school board committees. I volunteer my time to many community service events, school sports and functions. I pride myself in being actively involved in our school district.  I will work to represent all students, staff and community members.
                                  One of the biggest problems our district faces today is the lack of fair state funding. We need to hold our state leaders feet to the fire to ensure our district gets the proper funding it needs to address the multiple issues in our schools. Fair funding can be allocated to increase school safety. Our children and staff deserve to feel safe in their learning environment to yield the best possible outcome regarding educational success. Increased state funding would also stave off the challenges we face in technology. We need to continually keep up with the changes to compete in today’s world. Charter school reform is a must. School districts and taxpayers are overpaying for costs the charters do not have. We have to maintain the critical services we offer our students. Mental health is a growing concern that must be addressed. We should always welcome parents in a positive light. Students whose parents stay involved in our school tend to have better educational outcomes.

                                  Pre-K Teacher
                                  1039 Dreher Ave
                                  Stroudsburg, PA, 18360
                                  Graduate East Stroudsburg High School, Attended ESU, ongoing professional development training yearly through PA Keys

                                  I can be found on Face Book @ Cindy Blake School Board


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                                  Christopher E. Gehm

                                  Candidate for Stroudsburg School Board (4 Year)

                                    Stephen Watto 

                                    Candidate for Pocono Mountain 1 School Board (4 Year)

                                      Rusty Johnson 

                                      Candidate for Pocono Mountain 2 School Board (4 Year)

                                        Larry Soodeen 

                                        Candidate for Pocono Mountain 2 School Board (4 Year)

                                          Kerri Wilson 

                                          Candidate for East Stroudsburg School Board (4 Year)

                                            Lisa Van Why 

                                            Candidate for East Stroudsburg School Board (4 Year)

                                              Debbie Kulick 

                                              Candidate for East Stroudsburg School Board (4 Year)

                                                Keith Karkut 

                                                Candidate for East Stroudsburg School Board (4 Year)

                                                  Kerri Manning-Freeo

                                                  Candidate for Stroudsburg Borough Mayor



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                                                  Mike Velardi

                                                  Candidate for Pocono Township Commissioner

                                                  I was born into a family that knew the value of hard work. My father was a union plumber and my mother a factory worker. 

                                                  They instilled in me important values and modeled the importance of old-fashioned common sense in the real world.

                                                  Throughout my career, I have worked as a mechanic, heavy equipment operator, truck driver, painter and electrician. 

                                                  I now work as an electrical inspector serving ten municipalities in New Jersey. 

                                                  I hold licenses in electrical inspection, hotel and multiple dwelling inspection and as a construction official for the state of New Jersey. 

                                                   I'm also licensed in Pennsylvania for electrical inspection.

                                                  My varied careers have given me the experience to lead our Township.

                                                  Almost 30 years ago, on a blind date, I met the woman who would become my best friend - my wife, Sue. 

                                                  Together we have two children who we raised in Pocono Township and they both graduated from Pocono Mountain. My daughter Melissa is now a STEM

                                                  teacher and my son Matthew recently graduated from Lycoming College with multiple degrees and is pursuing his Physics PhD at Drexel.  

                                                  My older daughter, Dawn, lives in New

                                                  Jersey with my grandson AJ and she is also in education.



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