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2 Facing Off For Region 1 Seat On WVW School Board

May 16, 2019

Two candidates are facing off in the primary election for the Region 1 seat on the Wyoming Valley West School Board.

Tiffany Brunson is challenging Joseph Mazur, a longtime board member and current board president. Both are from Plymouth.

Both have cross filed and are on the ballot in the Republican and Democratic contests. The winner of the general election in November gets a four-year term on the board.

Three other school board seats from three other regions are up for election, and the primary elections for those regions are uncontested.

Incumbent Thomas Pieczynski is the only candidate for Region 9. Incumbent Brian Dubaskas is the only candidate for Region 3, and incumbent David Usavage is the only candidate for Region 4.

Mazur, 77, has been married for 57 years and has two children and four grandchildren. He has been a Democratic committeeman since 1961 and served as Luzerne County Democratic party chairman for six years.

A 1959 graduate of Plymouth High School, Mazur was Plymouth borough manager from 2001 to 2012. Prior to that, Mazur spent 28 years working for the state auditor general’s office.

He said he wants another term on the school board to work on cutting costs without laying off teachers.

“We are getting less and less from the state, and the tax base is getting smaller,” he said.

Brunson, 37, has three children who attend schools in the district.

“As a parent, I believe we can do better in fulfilling our promises to the children,” she said.

A graduate of GAR High School, she works as a national account coordinator.

“I would like to change some of the outdated policies that currently govern our district,” Brunson said, noting expanding the curriculum “yearly to better prepare kids for the future.”

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