The president has not been inaugurated yet but already, the new political season is underway.
Candidates start by collecting signatures to get placed on the ballot.
Soon you may see Sheriff Phil Bueki, with clipboard in hand, seeking a minimum of 100 signatures of support.
Bueki has decided to run for a fourth four-year term as Pike County Sheriff. He has been with the Sheriff’s department for 30 years and was elected sheriff in 2001.
In 2012, Bueki was president of the Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association. In that role, he advocated that law enforcement training be required for elected sheriffs statewide. Sheriff’s deputies must be trained in law enforcement, but Pennsylvania’s 67 elected sheriffs who manage them are not required to have any law enforcement training.
Most Pike County teens and young adults know Bueki as the administrator of the D.A.R.E. programs, which educations kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. He has taught the program in local schools for more than 20 years.