Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
WILKES-BARRE — Saying his comments were misunderstood, Mayor Thomas Leighton said Friday he has not yet decided on running for another term.
Leighton, a Democrat, will begin the fourth and final year of his third term in January. He said he will discuss whether to run again with his wife and children over the holidays, make a decision and announce it in February as he has previously done.
Since a 1968 constitutional revision allowed Pennsylvania governors to seek a second term, every one of them has, and all five have been successful.
Gov. Tom Corbett has said he intends to keep the two-term tradition alive, but poll numbers released last week underscore the possibility that he could break that winning streak.
A Public Policy Polling survey noted that voters gave him some of the lowest approval numbers of any incumbent the organization has tested across the country. Although his decision to sue the National Collegiate Athletic Association over the draconian sanctions it imposed on Penn State University has proved popular with the state’s voters (despite widespread condemnation by editorial boards), the support for his legal decision has not translated to a boost in his personal popularity. According to the archives of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll, his midterm job performance numbers were the lowest approval of any recent Pennsylvania governor.
The Pennsylvania Primary Election will take place next week on Tuesday, May 17th. “Man of the people” Jody Rhoads is running for re-election as Sixth Ward Councilor. Jody is asking Sixth Ward residents for their vote on Tuesday.
As your Councilman I
voted against 3 consecutive yearly tax increases
speak up and ask the hard questions
fight for the rights of ALL Pottstown residents
helped re-write and adopt a new and friendlier tree ordinance which eliminated the dysfunctional Tree Commission
worked to get railroad crossings repaired on a heavily traveled road in the east end of Pottstown
was the ONLY Councilman who voted against top administrative pay raises
have helped scores of residents around town with their problems and concerns