AP NEWS
Click to copy
Click to copy

Two Candidates Seek Nanticoke Mayor’s Job

Bill WellockMay 18, 2019

Two candidates with city council experience are running for Nanticoke mayor.

Incumbent Nicole Colatosti-Mackiewicz became mayor in January after the death of Rich Wiaterowski.

Wiaterowski died in December 2018 after a battle with acute myeloid leukemia. At its first meeting of 2019, the city’s council choose Colatosti-Mackiewicz as interim mayor.

Council Vice President Kevin Coughlin is challenging her for the seat.

Under the city’s charter, Colatosti-Mackiewicz will serve through 2019.

The upcoming primary election is voters’ first chance to decide who should serve the two years that remain of Wiaterowski’s term.

The Citizens’ Voice asked candidates two questions:

• What are your priorities if elected mayor, and why?

• Why are you the best choice for mayor?

Responses have been lightly edited for clarity. Here’s what candidates had to say:

Nicole

Colatosti-Mackiewicz

• What are your priorities if elected mayor, and why?

If elected mayor, I will work with city council to continue the progress we have made in attracting business to the City of Nanticoke and developing the downtown.

I will work with the city’s police and fire departments, as well as our Department of Public Works to improve public safety and public infrastructure in every neighborhood.

I will continue to work with the South Valley Council of Government to pave the city’s streets.

I will keep working with the newly developed landlords association to reinforce and amend codes and ordinances. And I will continue to promote community events and Nanticoke Pride.

• Why are you the best choice for mayor?

As a human resources director for Guardian Healthcare & Rehabilitations Center, I have extensive experience with budgets, schedules and labor management negotiations that make me the best choice for mayor of Nanticoke. Furthermore, I am a community activist in numerous nonprofit organizations.

But, the most important reason I am running for Mayor is that I love the City of Nanticoke. I care about our families. I care about our community. I’m not a politician, I’m a neighbor that wants every family in Nanticoke to enjoy living in our great city.

Kevin Coughlin

• What are your priorities if elected mayor, and why?

Roads, continue the progress downtown, work on getting grants to help the dilapidated buildings and the Bowling Ring demolition, establish youth programs, work with council and all city employees to have harmony within the government, transparency so the public is aware of everything. Being on council, the mayor had all control. I want everyone involved.

• Why are you the best choice for mayor?

I was controller for four years and on council for eight, and I know I can work with everyone, and I plan on being a full-time mayor.

Contact the writer:

bwellock@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2051, @CVBillW

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.