SHAMOKIN — Shamokin City Councilman Dan McGaw announced at the conclusion of Monday’s regular council meeting that he will be running for county commissioner.

McGaw, who recently switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat, is nearing the end of his first four-year term as councilman. He serves as director of parks and public buildings.

He said he took a leading role to improve city parks, including Claude Kehler Community Park, and as recently as Monday won approval from council to purchase a bench in honor of Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Stanley Coveleski. The bench will be placed next to the monument honoring Coveleski along Market Street.

McGaw said an announcement earlier Monday by former Democrat county commissioner Vinny Clausi, who stated he changed his mind about running for commissioner, did not factor into his decision.

“I think I would do good for everybody in the county,” McGaw said following Monday’s meeting at City Hall. “I support labor and I think recreation is something that is under utilized in the county.”

He said he will be a full-time commissioner.

The 59-year-old is a retired state parole officer and delivers oil on a part-time basis.

Other candidates who have announced they are running are incumbent Commissioners Kymberley Best, Democrat, and Sam Schiccatano, Republican; retired Milton Area School District administrator Tom Aber, Democrat; Spyglass Winery owner Tom Webb, Republican; Southern Columbia Area School Board Director Joe Klebon, Republican; and Shikellamy School Board Director Slade Shreck, Republican.

Incumbent Commissioner Richard Shoch, Republican, said he will not seek another term.

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