FOR LUZERNE COUNTY COUNCIL
Vision, Issues, & Values
Luzerne County has unfortunately been marred by disaster and scandal throughout its history. Each person in this county has a personal story about how the history of Luzerne County has affected them and their loved ones. The people of Luzerne County are strong, and people are ready for a positive change. Luzerne County is ready to move forward, away from the scars of mining disasters, floods, corruption, and scandal, and toward a transparent government that will serve the best interests of the people.
Michelle is a middle class small business owner. Growing up, she found her community going to punk and hardcore shows, and it is through that community that Michelle learned the importance of DIY (do-it-yourself) and grassroots movements. Luzerne County needs a government that understands what it is like to struggle to pay rent or put food on the table and that knows how to work hard together.
Pay county employees fair wages to create a more efficient government. Our county employees are not always paid a fair market value. By paying county employees fair wages, we can attract top talent and reduce turnover, leading to a more stable, efficient county government.
Protect our natural spaces by creating a department to focus on environmental services and projects. Luzerne County’s beautiful natural areas are great for recreation and tourism, and they need to be protected and expanded.
Save money in the budget through common sense measures and modernization. By implementing best practice travel and expense policies, modernizing and digitizing operating procedures, and negotiating contracts with vendors, we can invest in programs that improve food security, tackle underemployment, and reduce recidivism.
Blending Empathy and Compassion with Strong Leadership
Michelle Rothenbecker was raised in Larksville and graduated from Wyoming Valley West High School. Rothenbecker attended Wilkes University and holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Education in Instructional Design, both from Western Governors University. She currently resides in Bear Creek Township.
In 2021, after working in online education for more than 15 years, Rothenbecker started her own small business, Ruby Run LLC, an educational and training consulting company focusing on online learning and accessibility consulting. Prior to founding Ruby Run LLC, Rothenbecker was an executive for an online education company. She believes her leadership and business experience, including managing budgets, modernizing operating procedures and technology, and leading cross-functional teams will help her to collaborate to ensure an efficient, effective government.
Rothenbecker also serves as a Luzerne County Democratic Committee Member for the Sixth District.
News & Updates
#VOTEPROCHOICE Endorses Michelle
#VOTEPROCHOICE, an organization founded in 2016 to mobilize the nation’s prochoice majority to elect prochoice champions who protect and expand reproductive freedom at every level of government, announced their endorsement today. Of the endorsement, Michelle said,...
NEPA Stands Up Endorses Michelle
NEPA Stands Up, the local chapter of PA Stands Up, announced their endorsement. PA Stands Up is a grassroots organization dedicated to getting progressive leaders elected to state and local offices. Of the endorsement, Michelle said, "I'm so honored to be endorsed by...
Michelle Rothenbecker Announces Luzerne County Council Run
Michelle Rothenbecker announced her run for Luzerne County Council last night and began the petition collection process. About her run, Michelle stated, "The community of Luzerne County is made up of my family and friends, the teachers who taught me, my former...
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