NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Roger DeCarbo, Lawrence County commissioner chairman, wants to be replaced on the Lawrence County Board of Elections to remove any possible claims of favoritism during the upcoming elections.
In a memo Tuesday to Judge Ralph Pratt, elections board president, DeCarbo explained that fellow commissioners Ed Fosnaught and Brian Burick are seeking re-election, and DeCarbo's son, Roger DeCarbo Jr., is seeking the Lawrence County coroner's post.
DeCarbo said Fosnaught and Burick and his son have taken out petitions, and if they file and are found to be viable candidates, he wants to be replaced on the panel. DeCarbo said opponents of his son's or of commissioners Fosnaught's and Burick's might claim favoritism if election questions arose in either race, and the integrity of the board of elections should not be questioned in such a manner.
Marlene Gabriel, board of elections director, said Judge Pratt would name a replacement for DeCarbo, as he will for Fosnaught and Burick once they are official candidates. The commissioners make up the three-member board of elections, Gabriel said.