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W-B Resident Running Against Gilbert For City Council Seat

February 12, 2019
W-B Resident Running Against Gilbert For City Council Seat

Jeff Thomas announced Monday he is running for the Wilkes-Barre City Council seat currently held by Beth Gilbert. Thomas, 52, and Gilbert, 24, are both Democrats and will square off in the May primary election. Gilbert is seeking a second term as council’s District C member. Thomas works as a maintenance employee for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. He is a graduate of GAR High School and a lifelong city resident. Thomas said his goal on council would be finding ways to cut costs and “take the burden off the taxpayers.” He said he is concerned about city residents who live on fixed incomes and can’t afford rising taxes and higher fees for city services. Thomas has three children, ages 32, 28 and 26. They are also GAR graduates, and he has two grandchildren. His sister, Denise Thomas, is a member of the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board. Wilkes-Barre council members are paid $13,199 per year, except for the chairperson, who is paid $14,699. All five council seats will be on the ballot this year. Candidates can start getting signatures on petitions Feb. 19 and must file petition by March 12 to get on the primary election ballot. The primary election is May 21. The general election is Nov. 5. Contact the writer: mbuffer@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2073, @cvmikebuffer