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CLYMER: Incumbents seek to retain council seats

by MARGARET HARPER on May 13, 2013 11:00 AM

Five incumbents from Clymer Borough council will appear on the primary election ballot for four nominations to a four-year term.

John A. Hughmanic, Joseph E. Krolick, James L. Marsh, Stephanie Polosky-Brilhart and Louis Tate will vie for the four-year nominations.

A two-year term is also available, with nobody on the ballot.


Hughmanic was appointed to council in October of 2005. He did not return multiple phone calls or an email request by the Gazette for an interview.


Krolick, with a long history of service in Clymer in various roles such as mayor, constable and chief of police, has been an on-and-off member of council for years, most recently appointed to fill a vacancy in March 2012.

He said he is running for election because he is proud of his town and wants to be a part of shaping its future.

“We have a nice little town here,” he said. “We’re going ahead. There are irons in the fire, and I want to see it through.”

Krolick said he would like to see more housing in Clymer, along with a factory. He believes that borough council works well together to accomplish Clymer’s needs.

“We have wonderful council members right now,” he said. “I hope they all get back in.”

In addition to the council, he said the office staff and workers all do a good job to keep things running smoothly. He also believes Clymer has a great sense of community.

“The community, as a whole, they cooperate to help each other,” he said.

He said he thinks people should elect him because he has been a fair leader in the community.

“I think I’ve treated them pretty good over the years,” he said. “They all seem to like me.”


Marsh, the current Clymer Borough council president, was elected in 1999.

He declined the opportunity for an interview for this story.


Polosky-Brilhart was appointed to council in July to fill a vacant seat.

A guidance counselor at Ben Franklin Elementary School in White Township, she has lived in Clymer for more than 30 years.

“I decided to run for re-election so that I can better serve the Clymer community,” Polosky-Brilhart said. “I see the potential our town has and would like to help the town prosper for future generations to enjoy.”

She said she wants to serve on council to ensure Clymer maintains a balance between history and growth.

“It has a rich history,” she said. “My hope is that we can maintain the small-town feel but at the same time continue to grow and develop with the changing times.”

She encouraged people to vote for her.

“Clymer is home to me,” she said. “I am happy to be raising my son, Nick, in the same town where my husband and I grew up. I have a vested interest in this town and want it to remain a close-knit community where people feel safe.”


Tate returned to council years ago after a few terms in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Since then, he said it’s been “nothing but positive.”

“We have a great working council,” he said. “It’s almost too good to be true.”

Tate said he wanted to run for re-election because he is a loyal resident of Clymer, having lived there all his life. He is the owner of Luigi’s Ristorante.

“It’s a pleasure to serve on the board,” he said.

He said he believes Clymer has a bright future and council will need to be innovative to keep Clymer vibrant and progressive.

“I think the future of Clymer looks pretty good considering all the challenges we face as a small municipality,” he said. “We have a great council and a great manager, all the things it takes to keep things moving forward.”

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