Urban Won’t Seek Re-election To County Council This Year
Incumbent Luzerne County Councilman Stephen A. Urban will not seek re-election this year.
“This is my time to take a break,” Urban said during a recess in Tuesday’s county council meeting.
However, Urban, a Democrat, said he plans to run for elective office again in the future. He noted that county council members are limited to three consecutive terms. He has served on council since the body was formed as part of the county’s home rule form of government in 2012. Had Urban run this year and won, the term he would have started next year would have been his last, he said.
Tuesday was the final day for candidates in the May 21 primary to submit nominating petitions.
Pending confirmation from the county bureau of elections, it appears that seven Democrats and four Republicans submitted petitions to run for county council.
Six four-year council seats are on the ballot this year, meaning one Democrat will not advance from the primary to the November election.
The Democratic candidates are Patrick Bilbow, Martin Dartoe, Tim McGinley, Anup Patel, Robert Schnee, Joseph C. Sebastianelli and Jane Walsh Waitkus.
The Republican candidates are Walter Griffith, Kendra Radle, Stephen J. Urban and Gregory Wolovich.
McGinley, Schnee and Walsh Waitkus are incumbents. Bilbow was appointed to fill a vacant council seat last month.
Stephen J. Urban is a former councilman, while Wolovich ran unsuccessfully for council in 2017.
Incumbent Eugene Kelleher announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.