Coughlin Defeats Incumbent For Nanticoke Mayor
NANTICOKE — Nanticoke Council Vice President Kevin Coughlin will be the city’s next mayor.
He defeated incumbent Nicole Colatosti-Mackiewicz for the Democratic nomination in the primary Tuesday, according to unofficial results. There was no challenger for the Republican nomination.
The unofficial vote count with 100 percent of precincts reporting showed Coughlin received 790 votes while Colatosti-Mackiewicz got 490 votes.
“I’m very happy,” Coughlin said Tuesday night. “I had a lot of great people behind me. I couldn’t do it without them.”
Nanticoke Council chose Colatosti-Mackiewicz to serve as the first woman mayor in January after former Mayor Rich Wiaterowski’s death.
Wiaterowski died Dec. 9 following a battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
Colatosti-Mackiewicz was the only council member to apply for the mayor’s seat. She and Coughlin both campaigned Tuesday at the high school football stadium.
Coughlin served on Nanticoke Council for eight years and as city controller for four years. He was part of a team that brought the city out of the state’s Act 47 program for financially distressed cities.
He said one of his goals is to be a “full-time mayor” at city hall every day, always available to citizens and staff members.
“I will be transparent,” Coughlin said. “Everyone will know what’s going on.”
Coughlin said another goal is to pursue a grant to ensure that the LS Bowl-A-Rama building, an eyesore on Washington and Prospect streets, is razed.
“We didn’t get a grant again for that,” Coughlin said. “We’ve got to do something there. We’re not getting grants. That’s going to cost a lot of money.”
The LS Bowl-A-Rama building is owned by Pasquale Scalleat under the name PS Capital Ventures. His Philadelphia-based business owns the Huber Breaker property in Ashley.
Coughlin said he also would like to see more streets in Nanticoke paved.
“It’s the middle of May and we’ve got to be working on them,” he said. “We need to get grants for blighted properties. It seems we’re working too slow getting things done. I want the community more involved.”
Coughlin said another goal is to continue to revitalization of downtown Nanticoke, which has been at a standstill.
The downtown project, called the “Nantego Development,” involves acquiring properties through eminent domain to construct a mixed-use structure with housing units the top floors on East Main Street and business on the bottom floor.
Coughlin coached youth sports for 29 years and participated in community clean-ups. He and his wife Ann Marie have two children, Kevin and Amanda, and two grandchildren.
Colatosti-Mackiewicz, a human resources director at Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Newport Twp. and a life resident of Nanticoke, also has been involved in community organizations. She previously served as president of the Nanticoke Junior Football Organization. She is now president of the Nanticoke Basketball Booster Club and vice president of the Nanticoke Baseball Booster Club.
She served as a council member for five years. She resigned to serve as mayor this year and council needed to fill her seat.
The Nanticoke mayor is paid an annual salary of $10,000.
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