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Christy Joy Running for PA-125th, Months After Being Elected Controller

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Schuylkill County Controller Christy Joy announced Thursday he’s running for the Republican nomination in the PA House 125th District.

Christy Joy Running for State House 125th

He released an exclusive statement to SkookNews.com on Thursday to announce his bid. (Click that link to read the full statement Joy released.)

“I believe it is now time to continue my public service and bring my extensive background and experience to state government for the benefit of the people of the 125th Legislative District,” Joy said. “I will continue to deliver prompt and courteous constituent services to the community.

“Moreover, I believe I am uniquely qualified to be instrumental in bringing transparency and accountability to State government. As Representative, I will focus on budgetary and property tax reform, vocational education, economic development and reduction of blight, with the needs of the 125th always in the forefront.”

The 125th District in the state House of Representatives covers the following Schuylkill County municipalities:

  • City: Pottsville (Wards 3 and 7)
  • Boroughs: Auburn, Cressona, Landingville, Pine Grove, Schuylkill Haven, Tower City, and Tremont.
  • Townships: Barry, Eldred, Frailey, Hegins, Hubley, North Manheim, Norwegian, Pine Grove, Porter, South Manheim, Tremont, Upper Mahantongo, Washington, Wayne

It also includes a portion of Dauphin County:

  • Boroughs: Berrysburg, Elizabethville, Gratz, Lykens, Pillow, Williamstown
  • Townships: Lykens, Mifflin, Washington, Wiconisco, Williams

Joy’s been the County Controller since 2012. He’s running for the seat that current State Rep. Mike Tobash announced he’s retiring from earlier this week.

The Schuylkill County Swamp Growing?

Joy announced he’s running for the 125th just months after he won re-election as Schuylkill County Controller. He ran unopposed in November and just took the oath of office earlier this month.

Now, just because he’s running doesn’t mean he won’t still be Controller.

And only if Joy wins in November 2020 and resigns as Controller, the Deputy Controller will take over until a replacement is chosen. That replacement will need approval from Gov. Tom Wolf but also has to pass through the state Senate, where Sen. Dave Argall might have some influence on the decision.

Either way, an unelected county bureaucrat is likely to take over a position for which you just elected someone to hold for 4 years.

You may need to familiarize yourself with that process because we’re hearing Joy is close to getting a Primary challenger. And that person might also need a replacement for a Courthouse job they recently won in the 2019 election.

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