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Longtime Fell Twp. Supervisor Ann Marie Torch Faces A Challenge From Jerry Slick

May 16, 2019 GMT

While most races in the Upvalley have no competition in the primary, that’s not the case in Fell Township.

Democrats Jerry Slick and incumbent Ann Marie Torch are seeking a 6-year supervisor seat in the May 21 primary.

Slick, 51, hopes to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, John Fritz Obzud, who was a township supervisor for 17 years.

“I want to be on board and help move it (the township) forward,” Slick said. “It’s in our blood.”

Born and raised in Fell Township, he moved to Vandling, where he served on its council for three years. He returned to Fell Township, the “tight-knit community” he missed, he said.


Slick said one of his top concerns is safety, but he also wants to take advantage of the amount of land Fell Township has and grow employment in the area.

Slick also does volunteer work in the township, including the public banner program to honor past and present veterans, and helped increase visibility of what the community unanimously calls, “the star,” which fluctuates between an illuminated star and cross.

Torch, 58, said she initially ran for the board when someone tried to take her daughter out of kindergarten years ago. She said she realized the township lacked a proper police presence and became motivated to act.

One of her first accomplishments as a supervisor was bringing in Carbondale police.

Under Torch’s leadership, the township also started a program to help those who were delinquent with their sewer bills; began offering garbage deductions; built a bridge that leads into Carbondale; started work on storm drains; bid out a contract to help clear roads in the winter; and opened discussions with the Lackawanna County Land Bank to deal with blighted and dilapidated properties.

“We’ve accomplished a lot,” Torch said.

Other elections in the Upvalley in the primary include uncontested races for council and mayor in Carbondale City; council in Jermyn and Vandling; supervisor races in Carbondale and Scott townships; and school director races in Forest City and Lakeland school districts.

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Party: Democratic

Age: 51

Residence: Simpson

Family: Children, Amanda Emily and Jeremy.

Education: Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School, 1986.

Experience: Technician, Pennsylvania American Water Co.; Vandling council for three years.


Party: Democratic

Age: 58

Residence: Simpson

Family: Husband, William “Wasco”; five children: three stepchildren, one biological daughter and she raised her niece.

Education: Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School, 1979.

Experience: HR Manager for Cardinal Glass, 37 years in the company; Fell Twp. supervisor for 12 years.