Commissioner Sandie Egley picks up nominating petitions in the Bureau of Elections today / photo by John Paul

Republican County Commissioner Sandie Egley and former Republican treasurer candidate Tom Leydig have been holding private meetings to discuss a possible “reform ticket” of candidates in the Republican party.

Party officials have not been involved in their discussions.

Egley and Leydig were both seen inside the Bureau of Elections today picking up nominating petitions for county office.

Candidates could begin picking up petitions today and can start gathering signatures on Feb. 19. Candidates for county office need to collect a minimum of 250 signatures from registered voters in their political party by March 12 to appear on the ballot.

Both Egley and Leydig remained vague when asked for this article about their plans, with neither confirming or denying rumors about the offices they intend to run for.

Egley stated in an article published by BeaverCountian.com in Jan. 2018 she would not be seeking re-election, although there have been signs in recent days her thinking may be evolving. BeaverCountian.com has previously reported that Egley was considering a run for a row office seat.

Leydig ran for treasurer against Democratic incumbent Connie Javens in 2015, but fell short of unseating her in the general election by 923 votes – 49 % to 51%. Leydig has served on both the finance and audit committees of Heritage Valley Health System, and would likely be making another run for treasurer or entering the race for county controller.

Following the 2015 county elections, Leydig widely blamed his own party for his loss, accusing fellow Republicans of working behind the scenes in support of Democrat Connie Javens to undermine his candidacy. Javens is retiring at this end of this year. Her first deputy, Cebran Netherland, recently switched parties from Democrat to Republican to run for the seat.

Egley is barred by state law from serving as county controller until two years after leaving the office of commissioner. Politicos in both parties spent the day speculating whether she may make a run for treasurer, with Leydig as a controller candidate, or if Egley may seek re-election with Leydig entering as a running mate for commissioner.

Republican Commissioner Dan Camp has announced he will be seeking re-election on the Republican ticket. Long-time independent Jack Manning recently joined the Republican party and announced his candidacy for county commissioner as well.

In Sept. 2017, Egley come out in support of Democratic sheriff candidate Wayne Kress, paving the way for a possible bipartisan “reform slate” of candidates in a general election.

Republican Commissioner Sandie Egley with Democratic sheriff candidate Wayne Kress at his fundraiser / photo by John Paul

People close to both candidates tell BeaverCountian.com they do not believe either of them have firmly decided on a path forward, but that both appear committed to shaking up this year’s county elections.

Leydig declined public comment for this report, but Egley provided one tantalizing clue about her future plans. As she walked down the hallway after picking up her petitions in the Bureau of Elections, Egley paused to make a brief on-the-record statement to BeaverCountian.com.

“I came into this office with high expectations about what I wanted to accomplish,” she said. “I haven’t been able to accomplish everything that I wanted to, so there’s still work to be done.”

Tom Leydig on election day 2015 / photo by John Paul
John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Veritas
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Veritas

A “Reform ” platform is a good start, for either party, and candidates must speak in terms of specifics rather than generalities.
Based on the shocking revelations of the past year, it will take some kind of “ethical chemotherapy” to reform county government.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

The people in there now are a disaster. Any new names will be reform.

Accordingtome
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Accordingtome

Dan and Tony should never forget that what comes around goes around….and it’s now coming around full circle for them. They better start making arrangements now for a job in the “mini casino,” the cracker plant, the turnpike or mom’s drycleaner because their days of collecting county paycheck are coming to an end.

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

These dogs give the PA Turnpike a bad name.

Froggie54
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Froggie54

With Leydig’s background in finance and audit, he would make a good candidate for Controller. We need a change in that office! I just want whoever gets elected to show up at work everyday and do their jobs! Taxpayers want accountability!

Uncle Wah Wah
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Uncle Wah Wah

Well, I would vote for anybody aside from Rossi as Controller. He doesn’t seem to know about anything ,doesn’t seem to do anything and doesn’t seem to fazed about any of that. What an asset to the county…

As for Sandie, no. I don’t want a “thorn in the side” at the courthouse, I want someone who will keep out of the shit fights and do the job of the position. How many people can you look at over there that seem to focus on their job in their area? She isn’t one of them.

And sorry, no Benyo. We don’t need Sharon Stone from “Casino” getting on the county benefits plan for another shot at rehab. We pay for enough relatives, spouses, etc. on the benefit rolls through county government. Too much baggage for someone brand new to the position. It’s a tough situation for him to have to be associated with, but it is what it is.

Little Jimmy
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Little Jimmy

Not only are you obtuse, you are also a asshole to boot!

Gerald Benyo
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Gerald Benyo

I fully support Egley and Leydig. With the Democratic Party in charge for decades and the current Republicans in charge for the past 3 1/2 years Beaver County is in bad shape. The side deals between the two parties on who gets cross party support needs to end. A ticket of good candidates regardless of party affiliation would be welcome and give voters an opportunity to again express their displeasure with courty government and desire for change. Egley and Leydig are the black sheep of the Republican Party and have the integrity, intelligence and guts to tell things as they really are and promote transparency. I will do whatever they ask of me to support this worthy cause.

Raven
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Raven

How about running for DA?