AND NOW, this 15th day of April, 2011, it is hereby Ordered that the opinion filed April 13, 2011, in the above-captioned matter shall be designated
Opinion rather than Memorandum Opinion, and it shall be reported.
IN THE COMMONWEALTH COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA
In Re: Nomination Petition of Karen Wissinger Appeal of: Richard A. Zboran and Cheryl A. Zboran
Submitted: March 31, 2011
BEFORE: HONORABLE P. KEVIN BROBSON, Judge HONORABLE PATRICIA A. McCULLOUGH, Judge HONORABLE ROCHELLE S. FRIEDMAN, Senior Judge
OPINION BY JUDGE McCULLOUGH
Richard A. Zboran and Cheryl A. Zboran (together, Objectors) appeal from the March 22, 2011, order of the Court of Common Pleas of Armstrong County (trial court) overruling Objectors' objections to the nomination petitions of Karen Wissinger (Candidate) and permitting Candidate leave to amend her statement of financial interests.
On March 7, 2011, Candidate filed her nomination petitions with the Board of Elections of Armstrong County for the Republican and Democratic nominations for both a two-year and a four-year term as school director in Region I of the Armstrong School District. As required by section 1104(b)(2) of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act (Ethics Act), 65 Pa. C.S. §1104(b)(2), Candidate
attached to these petitions a statement of financial interests.*fn1 Section 1105(a) of the Ethics Act provides that the financial statement shall be on a form prescribed by the State Ethics Commission, that all information requested on the statement shall be provided to the best of the knowledge, information, and belief of the person required to file, and that the statement shall be signed under oath or equivalent affirmation. 65
Pa. C.S. §1105(a). However, Candidate failed to enter any information in block five of the financial statement relating to the governmental entity for which she sought to be a candidate, and she failed to sign the bottom of the form affirming that the information contained therein ...