Smeltz won’t seek third term


LOCK HAVEN — Clinton County Commissioner Robert “Pete” Smeltz has announced he will not seek a third term as county commissioner.

Smeltz, now serving his second four-year term, said he has been asked by many people lately what his intentions are in running for a third term in 2020, and has decided to officially announce he will not be on the ballot.

“While I have a heartfelt desire to continue to serve my community as a commissioner, after 35 years with PennDOT and now eight years as commissioner, perhaps I am growing a bit weary. I will not, nor should anybody, accept these jobs if they are not willing to give fully and completely to the tasks at hand. The salary warrants such and the people of the county deserve that,” Smeltz said in a prepared statement.

“I feel myself and fellow commissioner Jeff Snyder have done that for seven years and I will continue to do so throughout 2019.

“The reality is, I love this work and I thank God for the opportunity to use my lifelong skills to make Clinton County better. Working with my fellow commissioners and other local organizations, state elected officials, local municipalities, and so many more people, I feel we have made some tremendous strides in improving county government and the quality of life in Clinton County,

he said.

Smeltz continued, “I appreciate the great employees we have and I especially want to thank my wife Deb, daughter Sarah, and son Robbie and my family in general for their support. I feel one needs family support to do these jobs well. I’m sure I can contribute to my community in other ways after the end of this term.”