Now that state Rep. Rod E. Wilt has announced he won’t seek re-election, the political maneuvering has begun to find his replacement on the ballot.
Less than a day after Wilt made it official Nov. 30 would be his last day in office in Harrisburg, Mercer County Commissioner Michele Brooks surfaced as a potential candidate and she was quick to acknowledge her interest in the position.
“I’m strongly considering putting my name in the hat for the nomination and looking forward to possibly serving the people of the 17th District and continuing to serve the public,” the Jamestown Republican said Wednesday.
The northern Mercer County-centered district stretches from Crawford to Lawrence County and includes Greenville, Jamestown, Sandy Lake, Reynolds and New Wilmington.
William Kirk, the Mercer County Republican Committee chairman, explained a committee will be appointed to select Wilt’s replacement on the ballot. Committees in all three counties are seeking resumés and letters of interest from Republicans who would like to be considered. The deadline is June 16.
Brooks has been woeful as a commish. She has made some truly bad decisions. She has consistently voted with the two democrat commissioners. She's not a conservative - not even close. She will never fill Wilt's shoes, but she will get his seat.
Brooks has the connections she needs. She's very close with State Senator (and fellow RINO) Bob Robbins. She's very close with Mercer County Treasurer Ginny Steese Richardson, who is deeply rooted in the area. If Brooks wants the seat, it will be hers. And District 17 will be worse off for it.