You Decide 2017: Stroudsburg mayoral race
STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WOLF) -- Tomorrow, voters in Stroudsburg will cast their vote for mayor in a historic election for the city.
Two women are on the ballot, including incumbent Democratic Mayor Tarah Probst.
She became the city’s first female mayor after winning a special election two years ago following the death of former Mayor David Deihl.
“There’s a laundry list of things I’ve accomplished from virtually eliminating the panhandlers, to cleaning up the downtown, speeding in the residential areas that we’re currently working on as well as the courthouse park at Quaker and 6th,” Probst said.
Probst’s opponent is Republican candidate Ellen Deihl.
Deihl is the wife of the former Mayor Diehl.
She says the borough council appointed her to the position after her husband’s death, but she was not ready to take the position.
Now she is and has a list of things she wants to accomplish.
“Of course Interstate 80 project. People need to know that Stroudsburg is not just Main Street, we need to worry about the rest of the town, and one of the really big things is our roads are in such bad repair that we really need to focus on the roads,” Deihl said.
Mayor Probst says she’s part of an I-80 committee and has traveled to Harrisburg to speak out against the project that aims to expand the highway to six lanes.
She’s says she’s also planned several street paving projects that have been approved through council.
“What we do here in Stroudsburg being the county seat affects Monroe County. So if it’s a vibrant downtown, if the public schools are great, if the residential sections are nice – we’re putting Monroe County back on the map. So I’m really proud of what I’ve done so far, and I’m not finished,” Probst said.
Deihl says she has no issues with the current mayor, she just wants to jump into the ring of community service again.
“I’m a goodwill ambassador. I would like to do as much as possible for as many people as possible. I can work the whole system. I work in Stroudsburg. I work on a full-time basis so I’m happy to do this, in 25 years living here,” Deihl said.
Polls across the state open at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning and close at 8 p.m.