SUNBURY – Candidates for Northumberland County district attorney faced off before nearly 100 constituents in a debate Thursday night. Incumbent Ann Targonski and challenger Tony Matulewicz covered issues ranging from the influx of drugs into the county, to prison overcrowding.
The debate was sponsored by the Daily Item and was held at the Sunbury Elks Lodge. Reporters from the local media, including WKOK’s Jennifer Wakeman, were on hand to ask questions of the candidates and they each had two minutes to respond, and 30 seconds of rebuttal.
In her opening statement Targonski emphasized her experience as a prosecutor and said she wants to make the county a safer place to live, “I have been working hard to keep our streets safe for our children and our families.”
Matulewicz, president of Mt. Carmel borough council, said he brings a fresh perspective to the office and want to affect change in the county, “I’ve decided to run because I think the district attorney’s office has the greatest potential to affect the quality of life in the community.”
Both candidates agreed that a new Northumberland County Prison should be located in Sunbury, but disagreed over how cases are handled by the DA’s office.
Next Thursday, the Northumberland County Commissioner candidates will debate. (WKOK Staff)