The LuLac Edition #211, May 2nd, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: WILKES BARRE COUNCIL CANDIDATE IN DISTRICT "C" SAM TROY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMISSIONER CONTENDER COREY O'BRIEN AND WILKES BARRE COUNCIL CANDIDATE IN DISTRICT "D", BILL BARRETT.
O'BRIEN STEAMING AHEAD
While others seem to be losing their heads in Lackawanna County, Commissioner candidate Corey O'Brien seems to be picking up steam in his efforts to get a Democratic nomination. Sources tell me that the Moosic Attorney has made some real inroads in the Mid Valley area and that his TV advertising campaign has been well recieved. People seem to be responding to his straight talk and commitment to reform Lackawanna County government on "day 1".
BILL BARRET PROFILE
BILL BARRETT, a Democrat who has served on
Wilkes-Barre City Council since 2004, is seeking re-election to City Council District D, which includes parts of the Miners Mills, Parsons, East End and Heights sections of the City.
A graduate of Coughlin High School, he also attended
King’s College, the Pennsylvania State Police Academy
and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and is a
U.S. Army Vietnam-era veteran. Barrett was a Wilkes-Barre
City Police Officer for 27 years, retiring as the Chief of Police and is currently employed as the Director of Safety & Security for Luzerne County Community College.
Barrett said that he will continue to capitalize on his extensive background in public safety, working towards increasing the safety of all the City residents and community members, in addition to the continued revitalization of the City of Wilkes-Barre.
SAM TROY PROFILE
Sam Troy, a Wilkes-Barre Heights resident for more than 20 years, announces his candidacy for Wilkes-Barre city council from District C. Troy, who is seeking the democratic nomination in the May 15 primary, is a democratic committeeman for the 10th ward.
Although this is his first attempt at seeking public office, he has been involved in the campaigns of other candidates including those of his father Wilbur, who had two successful runs for Wyoming Valley West school director in the 1980s. Has been actively involved in several congressional campaigns.
Troy, 57, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received an M.A in English from the University of Scranton in 1982. For several years, he was affiliated with his family’s business at Troy Tire Service in Wilkes-Barre. He currently teaches yoga at the Odyssey Fitness Center and has been a part-time English instructor at various area colleges.
Troy would like to restore the system of checks and balances to city government so that council will have more power to question and limit the mayor’s authority which he thinks has become excessive.
Troy’s agenda includes reducing the city’s commitment to corporate welfare projects so that more funding will be available to deal with the urgent concerns of residents in his voting district. He feels the Leighton administration has largely ignored the Heights and other residential sections of the city in favor of downtown projects. If elected, Troy wants to reopen the Heights firehouse and Coal St. pool as well seek the necessary funding to reopen the ice-skating rink and tennis courts. He would also like to reduce the EMS tax to its original level and increase funding for the public works department so that services such as recycling, street and storm sewer cleaning, and snow removal can be improved.
Troy invites everyone concerned about the future of the city and all who would like to become part of his campaign to contact him at 824-3226.