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Salavantis Officially Kicks Off Re-election Campaign

February 8, 2019
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Salavantis Officially Kicks Off Re-election Campaign

PLAINS TWP. — A large crowd gathered Thursday to hear Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis officially kick off her campaign to win a third term.

“Very often the biggest help we can offer to the community is to arrest and make sure that the bad guys go to jail because it protects our community,” Salavantis said to more than 100 supporters at the River Grille.

But sometimes prosecutors look for alternatives to incarceration, she explained.

“It’s not always the case that we can arrest our way out of this,” she said. “We need to look at different options in order to help individuals and have a better future for Luzerne County.”

Rep. Karen Boback, R-117, Harveys Lake, introduced Salavantis to the crowd of supporters.

“Stefanie has the reputation of being a power woman. She’s not afraid of anything. .... We’re so grateful to our girl Stefanie Salavantis. I want to tell you she’s always accessible,” Boback said.

Salavantis, 36, explained why she wanted to launch her third campaign at the River Grille.

“This is where it all began,” the Republican said, recalling the night she won the office in 2011 by defeating Democratic incumbent Jackie Musto Carroll with 50.7 percent of the vote.

Four years ago, Salavantis won a second term by defeating Democratic challenger Vito DeLuca with more than 63 percent of the vote.

This year’s campaign could be her last as district attorney. The county home rule charter limits a district attorney to three four-year terms.

Supporters at Thursday’s event were speculating that Salavantis won’t have an opponent this year. Some Democrats — including Luzerne County Council Chairman Tim McGinley and Assistant County Solicitor Michael Butera — were there.

To get on the May 21 primary election ballot, candidates must file nominating petitions by March 12. The general election is Nov. 5.

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