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MERCER COUNTY 'Trapper John,' 5 others seek post



Published: Mon, February 10, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Six people have already announced their candidacy for Mercer County commissioner.

SHARON, Pa. -- The filing deadline for the May primary election is still more than a month off and the race for Mercer County commission is already getting crowded.

John Colombo of Shenango Township, known as "Trapper John" for his books and radio show dealing with home, pest and animal problems, announced he is running for the post, joining five other candidates in the race, including incumbent Democrat Olivia M. Lazor, who also announced Thursday.

Colombo said he will be a candidate in the Republican primary in May. He has no political background but said he promises to find ways to "cut the ridiculous free spending that has gone on in the past." Government must be run like a business and Mercer County needs new leadership, he said. "It's time for a change, from politician to businessman, not business as usual," Colombo said.

Seeking fourth term

Lazor is seeking a fourth term in office. She said Thursday that she will seek a Democratic nomination in the May primary. "I look forward to the opportunity to continue my service to all of the citizens of Mercer County. It is important that we have experience and stability along with innovative thinking in our county government. I believe I possess these qualities," Lazor said. She cited her "leadership role" in county economic development, her experience and achievements in delivering human services on the county level and her work in securing nearly $1 million in grants to prepare the county for the state's welfare Health Choices program that will begin in 2005.

Four others have also announced their bids for the three commission seats. They are Republicans Bruce Richael of Farrell and Joseph Phillips of Mercer and Democrats Richard McMahon and Brian Beader, both of Hermitage.

The deadline for filing petitions to run in the primary is March 11.




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