Seven more candidates have surfaced in the Luzerne County Council race, bringing the total number of contenders to 28 Democrats, 13 Republicans and one Libertarian.
Four Democrats verified Thursday that they are planning to run: Eileen Sorokas, John Nadolny, Theresa Morcavage and Mike Collins.
Blythe Evans III and Gene Kelleher also announced they will be running as Republicans.
Tim Mullen said he will run as a Libertarian.
The May 17 primaries will determine which 11 Republicans and 11 Democrats will advance to the general election, when voters will choose 11 council members to implement the county’s new home rule government in January.
Independent, Libertarian and other third-party candidates won’t be selected in the primaries but will be on the November ballot if they secure the necessary nominating signatures after the primaries.
Mullen, who ran against state Rep. Phyllis Mundy in November, will have to collect 995 signatures, said Lou Jasikoff, of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania. More third-party candidates are expected to enter the race, Jasikoff said.
Sorokas, 63, of Wilkes-Barre, served on the Democratic State Committee from 1981 to 1994 and is retired from Lord & Taylor. She had also applied for the county commissioner seat vacated by Greg Skrepenak in December 2009.
Nadolny, 46, Nanticoke, obtained an electrical construction technology degree from Luzerne County Community College and is an electrician, working as training director for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 163 in Wilkes-Barre.
Morcavage, 62, Plymouth, retired from the county mapping department after 22 years and served as chief steward with the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Local 1398 while employed by the county.
Collins, 63, Ashley, served four years in the U.S. Navy and worked 38 years as an electrician before retiring. He also taught workplace safety courses and was Ashley’s zoning and code enforcement officer.
Kelleher, 67, Dallas Township, is retired. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, was a teacher for 35 years and later worked in the financial planning field.
Evans, 37, Plymouth, has a bachelor’s degree in history and an associate’s degree in legal studies. He worked in the legal profession and for the state Department of Agriculture and now runs two businesses in Plymouth -- Evans Rentals L.L.C. and SoundCloud Studios.
Mullen, 52, Kingston Township, has a nursing degree from Luzerne County Community College and works as a registered nurse. He also served in the Army Reserves for 23 years.
The other Democrats who confirmed they are running: John Adonizio, Michelle Bednar, Jim Bobeck, Edward Brominski, Vilmarie Budde, Elaine Maddon Curry, Casey Evans, Mario Fiorucci, Christopher E. Jones, Stanley Knick Jr., Thomas Ksiezopolski, Sal Licata, Mike McGlynn, Joseph Padavan, Bob Quarteroni, Thomas Rome, Thomas Rovinski, Bruce J. Simpson, Harry W. Skene, Frank Sorokach, Michael Stair, Wil Toole, Jane Waitkus and Robert Webb.
The Republican contenders to date: Michael Cabell, Kathy Dobash, Harry Haas, William James, Michael Kolody, Rick Morelli, Gina Nevenglosky, Moderno “Butch” Rossi, John C. Ruckno, Linda Urban and Edward Warkevicz.
At least four have filed the necessary petitions and candidacy paperwork to get on the ballot to date, according to the county: Adonizio, Morelli, Nevenglosky and Warkevicz.