New County Council Member Bilbow Seeks A Full Term
Patrick Bilbow, appointed last month to fill a vacant seat on Luzerne County Council for the rest of this year, will seek a four-year seat in this year’s election.
Bilbow, a Democrat who turns 50 next month, is principal of Pittston Area Middle School. A career educator, Bilbow has worked as a teacher, coach and administrator for more than 25 years.
County council selected Bilbow over 11 other applicants to fill the seat left vacant when Edward Brominski resigned in January. Bilbow will serve until Jan. 6, 2020, the date Brominski’s term was set to expire.
That is not enough time to make a meaningful contribution to county governance, Bilbow said this week, when asked why he decided to run for one of six council seats on the ballot this year.
“Once I got on board I made the decision I wanted to stay,” he said. “Otherwise, any ideas I bring to the table (this year) I would not be part of. The term would end and I would be out.”
Bilbow said his interest in government and public service started at a young age. He received a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from King’s College in 1991 before embarking on a career in public education.
He said his experience solving problems on a daily basis at a school with 1,100 students provides good background for solving problems at the county level.
“My goals would be to try to deliver the best services, best county government we could, in the most fiscally responsible way we could,” he said.
Bilbow said the safety and well-being of citizens “should be first and foremost and paramount in this day and age.”
He said he supports economic development, and would keep an open mind and weigh both sides when considering requested tax deferments from developers.
Bilbow grew up in Pittston and graduated from Pittston Area High School. He and his family, including three children, now live in Duryea, though their mailing address is Avoca, he said.
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