The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 30, 2013

Kymberley Best enters 2015 race for county commissioner

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY— Although the election is more than two years away, a Sunbury attorney has announced her candidacy for Northumberland County commissioner.

Kymberley Best, a Democratic and city attorney, announced Monday she will enter the race for a seat on the three-member board, currently held by Commissioners Vinny Clausi, Steve Bridy and Rick Shoch.

Best, who ran unsuccessfully for District Judge in 2010, said she decided to seek the commissioner post because she has had enough of county politics.

“It’s time,” she said.

“I haven’t thought about politics for two years, and now I feel something has to be done.”

Best, a former county chief clerk, said the county is a “fiasco” and people should know she knows the county because of her experience as chief clerk.

Best served as chief clerk from 2010 until 2011 and before that, served as county assistant solicitor from January 2009 until she was promoted to chief clerk.

“I had several ideas that were either put to the side, gotten rid of or just gone away,” she said.

“I have a three-part plan that I will be revealing and I believe it’s time to take back the county.”

Best said she wants to focus on jobs, not politics.

“I go across the street to the courthouse everyday and I talk and listen to people who are concerned,” she said.

“We need to bring jobs and stability to this county, not worry about slashing row officer salaries.”

Best said she was at dinner with friends from out of the area and she was explaining various county issues and was asked a question she couldn’t ignore.

“They asked what I was going to do about it,” Best said.

“And then it hit me. I needed to run for commissioner.”

Best she said just wants to help residents.

“I hear their concerns and I want to be able to do something about them,” she said.

“I was in the county and I know how things work. I want to let people know there is hope. I want to let people know I will be the voice of those concerns. I want people to know it’s time to take back this county.”