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More apply to finish Walter Griffith’s controller term

August 20. 2013 7:03PM

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Six more applicants submitted resumes to fill Walter Griffith’s remaining Luzerne County controller term through the end of the year, ending concerns that county council won’t have choices.

Carolee Medico Olenginski and Karen Ceppa-Hirko also had applied, but both said they are strongly considering withdrawing their names.

Medico Olenginski has said she doesn’t want to be accused of receiving an unfair advantage now that the Republican Party has placed her on the ballot in the controller’s race in November. An appointment to the temporary seat would provide public exposure. Ceppa-Hirko has said she is reconsidering because she did not receive the ballot nomination.

The following Republicans applied by today’s 4:30 p.m. deadline: Michael Caravaggio, Mountain Top; Aaron Kaufer, Kingston; Walter Mitchell, Bear Creek Village; John Sokolowski, Plains Township; Peter Gagliardi, Wilkes-Barre; and Malcolm Hudgeon, Wilkes-Barre.

The candidates must be publicly interviewed, and county council is meeting this evening to discuss the interviewing process and schedule.

Council plans to vote on the selection Aug. 27.

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