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Incumbent Wins Democratic Nod For Wilkes-Barre Controller

May 22, 2019

WILKES-BARRE — Darren Snyder won the Democratic nomination for city controller in Tuesday’s primary election, according to unofficial results. Snyder, the incumbent in the three-way race, earned 1,403 votes to Charlie “Toot” Majikes’ 1,050 and Patricia Unvarsky’s 887. Barring a successful write-in challenge in the fall, Tuesday’s win all but guarantees Snyder a second four-year term, as there are no Republican or third-party candidates on the ballot. “I’m just so thankful to the residents and voters in Wilkes-Barre for having confidence in me and knowing I have their best interest at heart,” Snyder said in a phone interview from his home, where he hosted family, friends and supporters after polls closed. “I love the city and I believe great things are on the horizon for Wilkes-Barre. We’re starting to see things turn around and I think we can build on that momentum,” Snyder said, adding that he wanted to thank his opponents for running “clean, positive campaigns.” Snyder, 43, has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from King’s College and 18 years of experience as a real estate broker and owner/operator of Marilyn K. Snyder Real Estate Inc. During his campaign, he touted helping save the city over $1 million in four years by reviewing the city’s insurance policies and pushing officials to shop around for better prices, which saved the city about $250,000 annually on premiums. Snyder said he will continue working to cut costs for the city as well as increase revenue. The controller’s salary is budgeted at $51.083. Contact the writer: smocarsky@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2110, @MocarskyCV

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