Municipal primary & school board candidates statements

We reached out to candidates running and received the following statements. Look for additional ones next week.

Posted 5/2/23

Jocelyn Cramer

Candidate for re-election, Wayne County Commissioner

Wayne County Commissioner Jocelyn Cramer is seeking re-election. She is the Democratic minority commissioner, and vice-chair …

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Municipal primary & school board candidates statements

We reached out to candidates running and received the following statements. Look for additional ones next week.


Jocelyn Cramer

Candidate for re-election, Wayne County Commissioner

Wayne County Commissioner Jocelyn Cramer is seeking re-election. She is the Democratic minority commissioner, and vice-chair of the Board of Commissioners. She was chair of the Board of Elections until being on the ballot this year. She is vice chair of the Board of Reassessment and Revision of Taxes, chair of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, and commissioner representative to Human Services. Additionally, she holds numerous appointments related to her role as commissioner. She is an active member of County Commissioner Association of Pennsylvania, serving on their Human Services committee. 

Last week, Jocelyn Cramer was appointed to serve on the commonwealth’s Local Government advisory committee, the only county commissioner in Pennsylvania to be selected. The committee is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis. Jocelyn is honored and excited by this appointment, to better serve the people of Wayne County.

Jocelyn was the executive director of Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS), and is currently on their board of directors. She served on the board of the Cooperage Project for six years. Jocelyn is currently the chairperson of Sustainable Energy Fund, Allentown, which provides financing for Pennsylvania businesses to help move to a regenerative energy future.  

“I love being a Wayne County Commissioner,” Cramer said, “and I have great respect for my fellow commissioners and the incredible county employees who are providing needed programs and services to the people of Wayne County.”

For more information about county government, visit To reach Jocelyn directly, you can email her at

Tanya Gibbs-Hinkley

Tanya Gibbs-Hinkley
Tanya Gibbs-Hinkley

Candidate for Wayne Highlands School Board, Region 1

Tanya Gibbs-Hinkley is running for a four-year term for Region 1 on the Wayne Highlands School  District school board, and has cross-filed. 

She graduated from Wayne Highlands School District, as did four of her children—the fifth attends Honesdale High School. She is very proud of the accomplishments afforded to students of our district.

She and husband Eric reside in Damascus Township, PA, and she has been a stay-at-home mom and spent 18 years on the PTA executive board, with four years as vice president. She worked closely with teachers and administrators to meet the needs of the students and staff. She has been a 4-H leader, a Sunday School teacher, a preschool teacher and much more. 

She served on the school board in 2021, and completed the required training; the experience was invaluable, she said. 

She is passionate about our children’s education experience, and the impact it will make on them for life. Her platform is:

To take seriously taxpayers’ concerns, and make sure tax dollars are maximized and spent wisely

To be active and transparent

To push for excellence

To ask the tough questions and demand thorough answers. She will not support Critical Race  Theory (CRT) being taught in our schools. 

Because of cross-filing, on the primary ballot she is #2 for  Republican and #3 for Democrat. She humbly asks for your support. 

Email Tanya Hinkley at She is always available to listen. 

Find her campaign on Facebook at Tanya Gibbs-Hinkley for Wayne Highlands School Board.

Brian Smith

Candidate for re-\election as Wayne County Commissioner

Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith is seeking reelection.  He serves as your current chairman of the board of commissioners and has for 15 years.  Brian serves/served on many boards, such as the conservation district, Wallenpaupack watershed management district and WEDCO.  He is a past president of the Honesdale Lions Club. He serves on the board of the County Commissioner Association of PA as a District 7 representative on the agricultural committee and was treasurer of the Republican Caucus of County Commissioners for 12 years. 

Brian’s greatest life accomplishments are dairy farming with his wife, Amy, of 37 years; and raising his six children.  

He is vested in our community, and focuses on creating jobs and revitalizing agriculture. He now has 16 grandchildren and wants to use his life experience and many years of business experience to continue to  deliver a great future here. 

He has an electrical engineering technology degree from Penn State University and has 35 years as a school bus contractor for Wayne Highlands School District. Brian also worked for Moore Business Forms and Wayne Memorial Hospital for many years. He has years of experience and proven leadership that helped bring this county through some of the worst financial times and the worst pandemic in our history. 

Brian has many accomplishments as your commissioner and works well with the other commissioners in a way that produces great outcomes for the people we serve. Make no mistake. Vote for experience and integrity on May 16.

Matthew V. McPhillips

Matthew V. McPhillips
Matthew V. McPhillips

Candidate for Sullivan County Legislature, District 1

I have been a Sullivan County resident my entire life and since choosing to return to the County after college with my wife, we have both dedicated ourselves to improving Sullivan County and shaping it into a place where everyone can successfully live and raise a family. We bought property and have begun to build our home in Bethel and are excited to begin our family.

I graduated from Liberty High School in 2013 and went on to Syracuse University where I majored in political science and international relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. This furthered my interest in politics and helped shape my understanding of the way our government should work. 

When I graduated in May of 2017, I began working for Congressman John Faso as a district representative. In January of 2019, I was hired by Assemblywoman Gunther. This was truly a fantastic experience and working on the ground with Aileen on issues like healthcare, substance abuse, food insecurity and housing gave me an on-the-ground feel for the true needs of the community. These positions showed me what it takes to be a legislator that truly cares for their community, and I would relish the opportunity to bring that energy, compassion and drive to the Sullivan County Legislature. 

Through my strong community ties, my experience in legislation, and my desire to help move Sullivan County forward, I am excited to continue working to make Sullivan County a better place for all to live, work and raise a family. 

Noelle Mundy

Noelle Mundy
Noelle Mundy

Candidate for Honesdale Borough Council

My name is Noelle Mundy, and I am running for Honesdale Borough Council. I humbly ask for support and ask you to ask yourself, “What kind of community are you looking for Honesdale to be?” 

I believe the answer to that is one that focuses on prosperous businesses, a thriving residential community and a town that embraces new ideas for growth while maintaining the charm and traditions of our small American town. 

It is my hope and my goal to strive for the continued revitalization of locally owned businesses, while potentially helping the borough to gain access to more state and/or federal grants and funding to continue to improve our local landscape, better ensuring a community for both residents and visitors to enjoy year-round. 

I firmly believe that these goals can be achieved if the municipal government works together as a team, rather than opposing each other, and embraces others’ ideas and thoughts with patience and open-mindedness. 

It is time for a change for Honesdale Borough, and I am excited to be a part of that change. Therefore, I ask for your support in being part of something great and voting for me as Honesdale Borough Council member on May 16. 

Vincent J. McPhillips

Vincent J. McPhillips
Vincent J. McPhillips

Candidate for Town of Liberty councilman

I live in Parksville with my wife, Joanne. I have worked in Sullivan County for over 45 years; I started out as a lineman with NYSEG and retired in 2015. I currently work part-time as a managing consultant for LaBella Associates in Field Construction. 

I am familiar with the county and many of the residents. I am currently in my second term as Town of Liberty councilman, and seek reelection to a third term. I have always used a common-sense approach to handling issues. I make it a point to take into consideration the interest of the people of the town and do not let politics direct my actions. 

Working with several different supervisors and councilmen over the years, we have been able to bring a zero increase in taxes for the past eight years. 

I appreciate the past support of the people of the Town of Liberty and look forward to their continued support with another term.

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