Pike County’s Board of Elections Director is seeking another position in the Pike County government after a tenure marred by numerous Democratic complaints and accusations of cronyism.


Pike County’s Board of Elections Director is seeking another position in the Pike County government after a tenure marred by numerous Democratic complaints and accusations of cronyism.

At the Pike County Commissioners’ weekly meeting June 24, the issue was raised in relation to a press release sent out by the Pike County Democratic Committee commending the resignation. The Commissioners acknowledged receiving a letter June 18 from Yolanda Goldsack requesting a transfer to a different position, but took no action on the letter at the meeting.

“Yolanda Goldsack’s decision to resign as Director of Elections is an act of service to Pike County’s voters,” said Julius Litman, chairperson of the Pike County Democratic Committee (PCDC) in the press release.

Litman went on to say that during the more than two years that Goldsack has held this position, Pike County Democrats have warned repeatedly against the “corrupting conflict of interest” represented by her presence as Director of Elections, “even as these protestations fell on the deaf ears of the County’s Board of Commissioners.”

According to Elizabeth Forrest, the county’s State Committeewoman to the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee, ”Recent events have not only demonstrated the accuracy of our predictions of trouble during the 2009 election cycle, but have caused many in Republican and Independent ranks to echo our concerns.”

The recent events Forrest alludes to include the hotly contested Delaware Valley School Board race, in which Goldsack’s husband was a contender. Litman and Forrest allege “clear favoritism” regarding Bob Goldsack’s petition to run on the Democratic side of the primary ballot. “The petition was flawed,” Litman said in an interview, “We (PCDC) demonstrated in court that it was incomplete and had several inaccuracies, as did his petition to run on the Republican side. She didn’t inspect the petition as carefully as she did others.”

In addition to the battle over her husband’s run in an election she oversaw, there was another issue before the contentious election when a young activist named Nick Troiano attempted to get financial disclosure documents for Bob Goldsack’s campaign, was given the forms, and later told he would have to give them back, because he wasn’t allowed to publish them to the internet, as he had expressly intended to do.

In response to the PCDC charge that their “protestation fell on the deaf ears of the County’s Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Chairman Rich Caridi said “This is the absolute height of mendacity. Every criticism or complaint that has been brought before this board has been addressed to the best of our ability. In fact, we have spent an inordinate amount of time and effort addressing the various concerns. If anyone has a specific allegation, it will be investigated and dealt with; but so far there have been none.”

Commissioner Forbes said, “In my 14 years here, I’ve never seen a department head get as much incoming scrutiny as this woman has, and I don’t think most of it was warranted.”

Goldsack did not respond to interview requests by the time this story went to press.

The Pike County Commissioners meet Wednesday, 9 am, in the Commissioners’ Conference Room, County Administration Building, 405 Broad St., Milford.