It’s that time of year again. The time when rumors of running for office become either fact or gossip.


It’s that time of year again. The time when rumors of running for office become either fact or gossip.

The Election of 2011 is a local election in Wayne County. There are no state or federal seats up for grabs. Voters will go to the polls to vote for or against their fellow residents who have a vested interest in running government. 

A number of candidates in Wayne County already have announced whether they will seek re-election, challenge the establishment, or run for an open seat.

So far, there are three candidates running on the Republican side for commissioner.

Commissioner Brian Smith, of Damascus, announced he will seek re-election, but has two challengers: Honesdale Mayor Jonathan Fritz  and former Honesdale Borough Council President Ed Langendoerfer.

The Board of Commissioners requires two majority candidates and one minority candidate. The current political mix is Republican Majority Commissioners Smith and Anthony Herzog, along with Democratic Minority Commissioner Wendell Kay.

Commissioner Kay has not officially announced if he will seek re-election. Exiting the fray is Commissioner Herzog, who will serve in office until his term expires in Jan. 2012.

Candidates for other races have already announced, including several row officers who face no known opposition.

However, Wayne County’s chief prosecutor faces a challenge from within his own party. Public defender and former Honesdale Borough Councilwoman Janine Edwards will attempt to unseat D.A. Michael Lehutsky.

Several of the county’s row officers said they will seek re-election, including Sheriff Mark Steelman, Prothonotary Ned Sandercock, Treasurer Brian Field, and Register/Recorder Ginger Golden.