Small Town Mayor Will Resign if Re-Elected

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Mayor Thomas LaMont has made this promise to voters: If they vote him back in, he's out.

LaMont, who has been in office for a little more than 10 years, wasn't seeking re-election but ended up as the only name on the ballot after getting 23 write-in votes in the Republican primary.

The job pays $900 a year before taxes. LaMont said highlights of the job were presiding over weddings and Independence Day parades.

For the past year, the mayor also has overseen the police department because the chief's post is vacant.

Once word got out that LaMont planned to resign, several people began their own write-in campaigns in the 1,600-person borough in northeast Pennsylvania.

John Wilson, a meter reader, said he was approached by several borough employees about making a run.

"I thought I might as well give it a shot," he said.