4 seek 3 seats as county commissioners
SMETHPORT – There are four candidates in Tuesday's election for three seats on the McKean County Board of Commissioners.Incumbents who are seeking re-election include Republican Joe DeMott of Port Allegany, Republican Al Pingie of Bradford Township and Democrat Judy Church of Smethport. The challenger is Democrat Cliff Lane of Annin Township, a former county commissioner.Voters will be asked to cast ballots for two of the four candidates. The top three vote-getters will comprise the new county Board of Commissioners.DeMott is the current chairman of the McKean County Board of Commissioners.A Republican, DeMott holds many leadership positions in addition to serving as chairman of the three-member Board of Commissioners.DeMott is chairman of the Bradford Regional Airport Authority and chairman of the Ridgway-based North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.DeMott is co-chairman of the McKean County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and is treasurer of the Pennsylvania Counties Healthcare Insurance Purchasing Cooperative. He is an ex-officio member of the Advisory Board at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.DeMott also serves as a member of the McKean County Collaborative Board, the Victim's Resources Board and the Economic and Community Development Committee for the Pennsylvania Association of County Commissioners.Born in DuBois in 1947, DeMott and his family moved to Warren in 1959. He has one sister, Mary Kopf of Russell.A 1965 graduate of Warren Area High School, DeMott took part in sports in school and earned the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts. When he was 14, he delivered 110 newspapers before attending school. He also worked in a vegetable market, a pizza shop and drug store. After graduating from high school, DeMott attended the School of Pharmacy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He graduated in 1970.While in college, he served as a resident adviser in a dormitory. DeMott also ran the cigar counter at the Carlton House Hotel in Pittsburgh. He also worked in several pharmacies and as the night manager of a health and beauty aids store.He was elected to Rho Chi, the national honorary academic fraternity for pharmacy.After graduating from Duquesne, DeMott married his classmate Suzanne Ragley, also a pharmacist. They have three children and three grandchildren.DeMott and his wife owned and operated DeMott's Pharmacy in Port Allegany from 1974 until 1997. They owned and operated DeMott's Pharmacy in Smethport from 1982 to 2007. They owned and operated the Galeton Drug Store from 1997 until 2008. They owned and operated DeMott's True Value Hardware in Port Allegany from 1987 until 1998.DeMott served as mayor of Port Allegany for 18 years. He served another five years as a borough councilman.DeMott has been a member of the Port Allegany Rotary Club for 37 years and twice served as president of the organization. He is an active member of St. Gabriel's Roman Catholic Church in Port Allegany and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.DeMott served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970-72. He served in the Pennsylvania National Guard from 1972-76 and rose to the rank of sergeant.See full article by purchasing the Nov. 4 edition of The Kane Republican.