18-year-old Elected Constable on Six Write-in Votes
CLEARFIELD, Pa. (AP) _ Fred Weaver wants to thank everyone who elected him constable for his Clearfield County district. That should be easy for the skateboarding 18-year- old elected on six write-in votes.
Seeing no candidates for the post, the political science major at Penn State’s Dubois campus said he asked his mother, friends and neighbors to write in his name in November’s election. Five who did, plus his vote, made six winning votes of 21 cast.
Weaver’s district, which has 780 registered voters, is one of four in the borough of Clearfield in the county of that name 90 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
″There was no money. No campaign signs. Just word of mouth,″ Weaver said Thursday.
Weaver’s candidacy was literally based on a platform - the skateboarding ramp on which he cut his political teeth by obtaining a permit to build the 6- by-32-foot structure across the street from the borough tax collector.
Politics runs in the family. A grandfather, William Clark Chase, was elected county district attorney 30 years ago but died before taking office. William Bigler, Pennsylvania governor from 1852-55, was a great-great-great grandfather.
Whatever else the future holds for him, Weaver’s immediate outlook includes the money a constable makes: $40 twice a year when he’s in charge of security at polling places. If he forks out a $200 bond, he also may serve subpoenas and warrants at $10 paying delivery.