Chamber Hosts Candidate Forum for Judge and Commissioner Candidates

Around 75 guests gathered at Wanango Country Club on April 28 to hear from Venango County Judge and Commissioner hopefuls. Moderated by Matt Deal, Chamber Board Chairman and owner of Morrison Funeral Home, the candidates for judge each introduced themselves and answered a question about ensuring equal opportunity in Venango County.

The commissioner candidates were asked questions ranging from their opinions on County budget matters, to addressing blight, and retaining youth in our region.

All of the participants were enthusiastic and provided the audience with great feedback to the Chamber’s questions.

The following candidates for Court of Common Pleas Judge were in attendance: Justin Fleeger, Matthew Kirtland, and Greg Merkel. The following candidates for Commissioner were also in attendance: Chip Abramovic, Mathew Beith, Sam Breene, Ken Bryan, Bill Moon, and Jim Speth.

Don’t Forget to Vote on May 16

Our May 16 primary election is coming up quickly. Mark your calendars and make a plan to get to the polls to cast your vote for state, county, and municipal offices. Visit the county’s website to confirm your registration status or polling place at

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s May 2023 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

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