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2019 Municipal Primary

Why’s Everyone Running for Schuylkill County Prothonotary?

Right now, there are 5 people running for Schuylkill County Prothonotary in the upcoming Municipal Primary.

Election Day is May 21.

If you registered Republican, you’ll actually have a choice among 4 candidates. One nomination got tossed out on technicality.

So, when GOPers head to the polls, they’ll get to pick between these four candidates: Dan Daub, Bridget Miller, Albert Gricoski, and Larry Padora.

Want to know more about these people? Check out this report on the Prothonotary’s race we filed back when we let the Canary out of the cage, as it were: Nepotism Consuming Schuylkill County Prothonotary Office

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For Democrats, the “choice” is simple on the primary ballot. It’s Pottsville City Councilman Mark Atkinson.

The winner on the GOP side on May 21 will presumably face Atkinson in the General Election in November.

Whoever wins replaces former Prothonotary David Dutcavich. He resigned from office after failing to turn over records requested by County Controller Christy Joy. Currently in the job is Gricoski, whom Dutcavich appointed to be First Deputy Prothonotary.

What no one seems to be able to answer is this: Why are so many people running for this office?

If you ask 9 out of 10 Schuylkill County residents what the Prothonotary is or does, smart money says they have no idea.

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So, what does the Prothonotary do? Surely, a reason exists why more people run for this office than County Commissioner.

We checked out the Berks County government website since ours doesn’t have a proper definition of the role. Here’s what we found:

So, again, we ask: What’s the draw here? You’re essentially the manager over people processing what sounds like a lot of paperwork.

Sounds like a boring job.

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