Katherine Oven Running for Borough Council

Katherine Mackrell Oven, a founding member of the Friends of Lackawanna, has announced her candidacy for Dunmore Borough Council.

Oven has spent countless hours speaking to local elected officials about why a 50-year expansion is not in the best interest of this area, and she realized the importance of the individuals who serve on local boards, pointing out that the decisions of Dunmore’s Planning Commission, Zoning Board and Borough Council have a direct impact on the daily lives of residents.

As a mother, Oven’s concern is not only for the health and safety of her children, but for all the children in the Borough. Oven realizes that as a private citizen, she can only do so much, which prompted her to run for Council. She wants to do everything in her power to make sure residents are afforded clean air, clean water and a safe place to raise their families.  She believes the members of the Borough Council should have one mission, and that is to represent the best interests of all residents in the Borough. In addition to her concerns about the health of residents, she is also concerned about the finances of the Borough.

According to Oven, the 18 million dollars the Borough received from the Scranton Sewer sale in 2017 has only 4.6 million dollars remaining. In four short years, the borough spent 13.4 million dollars.

“It’s important to have people on Council who are fiscally responsible with our tax dollars,” she points out. “If elected, I will work hard to make sure our tax dollars are being spent reasonably and with transparency. 

“As someone who works in the financial industry, I know how important it is to manage the borough’s taxes and spend those dollars in a responsible way” Oven says. “I humbly ask for your vote on May 18, so I may continue to fight for the wonderful Borough of Dunmore.”

O’Malley Announces Run for Borough Council

William “Trip” O’Malley has announced his candidacy for Dunmore Borough Council. The 45-year-old Democractic, says, “As a sixth generation resident of the borough,I believe that Dunmore is the best little town in America and I will serve to keep it that way for future generations. 

“I originally decided to run for Borough Council due to my opposition to the proposed 42-year expansion of the Keystone Sanitary Landfill and the potential health and safety issues it could bring. The DEP may issue a decision on the expansion before the election, but I will never stop fighting for the clean air and water that borough residents deserve.”

Additionally, O’Malley says, “I am also very concerned about the borough’s finances. There is currently $6.8 million left from the $18 million the borough received from the sale of the Scranton Sewer Authority. That money will be gone in a few years if the borough continues to balance its budgets using those proceeds. 

William “Trip” O’Malley is shown with his wife, Laura, and sons, from left: Miles, 5; Rory, 7, and Will, 8. O’Malley is running for Dunmore Borough Council.

“I will work to see that our tax dollars are being spent wisely and our budgets are balanced responsibly. I will always act in the best interest of our nine square miles and the 14,000+ residents of the borough.

As a Social Studies teacher of over two decades, I know that public service is a privilege and I will work diligently for all Dunmoreans and the future of our great borough. I humbly ask for your vote on May 18.”

O’Malley has been an American history and psychology teacher for 22 years at Dunmore High School, where he has also served as Student Activities Adviser for 17 years. He is a current member of the Dunmore Democratic Committee and former member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee.

O’Malley and his wife, Laura have three sons, Will, 8; Rory, 7, and Miles, 5.

See his candidate website: www.trip4dunmore.com

Borough Councilwoman Carol Scrimalli Seeking Re-election

Having been elected three times to serve the four year term, Carol Scrimalli has served 12 consecutive years as a member of Dunmore Borough Council, and is now seeking reelection.

For the past 12 years, Carol has believed that improving the finances of Dunmore is the most important issue, having formerly served on Dunmore Borough’s finance committee. Great strides in this area have led to the purchase of a new fire truck, major renovation of the firehouse, new police cars, new garbage trucks and plow trucks, all while not raising taxes. 

Carol is proud to currently serve as Liaison to Dunmore’s DPW, one of the finest Department of Public Works in the area.

 Very active in community affairs, Carol is a member of the Lackawanna County Democratic Committee, where she is Co-Vice President of the 112 th District. She is a member of Lackawanna County Act 32 Tax Collection Committee, and is a member of Scranton Abington Planning Association. She was also a member of the Lackawanna County Federation of Women.

She has served as Director of UNICO National Keystone Chapter Board and has chaired and co-chaired their annual Pig Roast for three years, raising money for non-profit organizations, including United Cerebral Palsy, Women’s Resource Center and Serving Seniors.

Carol is Council Liaison to Sherwood Park, a site which she served as its first woman president. She has been Council’s Liaison to Dunmore’s Community Center that houses the Senior Center, a three-court basketball auditorium, and Head Start early child care. She was chair of Dunmore’s 150th Celebration, which raised money for Christmas decorations in Dunmore. She has also served on Dunmore’s Recreation Board.

Carol and her husband Carmen have been married for 42 years and have three children and five grandchildren. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Marywood University, where she also studied for her Masters. She was employed with Dun & Bradstreet for 14 years, where she earned multiple presidential and leadership awards. She taught religious instruction for 11 years at Immaculate Conception Church in Scranton.