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John M. Zavinski has announced his intention to seek nomination on the Republican ticket as County Commissioner in the May 18 primary election.

Zavinski, a retired banker, has been a lifelong resident of Warren County and the GOP. A Tidioute area native, Zavinski is a graduate of Tidioute High School, Northwestern University School of Public Relations and The Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Banking at Bucknell University. He attended Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University and has completed coursework at Penn State University. He has earned numerous certificates from the American Institute of Banking in the field of Economics and has participated in many sales and training seminars.

Zavinski joined the former Warren National Bank in 1952 serving in a variety of capacities. He served for many years as manager of the East Side Office in Warren. He retired in 1996 after serving for 43 years in what is now PNC Bank. With Warren National Bank, Marine Bank and PNC Bank, he worked at bank offices in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The most recent postition as Vice President and Market Center Manager in McKean County, located in Bradford.

After retirement, Zavinski served as District Representative for Congressman William Clinger. He was responsible for identifying federal assistance to fund projects such as small business incubators and help meet other local needs such as sewer projects. He helped forge partnerships with State and Local officials, regional economic developement agencies and the private sector to create jobs and promote economic growth for the region.

He currently serves as a Congressional Liasion Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, in the capacity as a Disaster Assistance Employee. During the summer of 1998, he was deployed in West Virginia and assigned to the Congressional officies of Senators Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller to assist in the disaster-recovery efforts. He recently graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Zavinski has served the community for many years and is associated with many civic and fraternal organizations. His active interest in the history of the area has been recognized by The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in his appointment as a Regional Archaeologist, an appointment he has held for the past 17 years.

"My financial and economic background, working with civic groups, local and State and Federal officials can only serve as an asset as County Commissioner. The office needs the leadership of someone who can relate to the problems facing Warren County and the surrounding region. We must be proactive in our actions if we hope to succeed in the 21st century. It is imperative that everyone in the county strive to reach the same goals. Leadership from the office of County Commissioner is essential to meet these goals."

Zavinski and his wife of 42 years, Sylvia, live in Conewango Township. They have three sons -- John in Hermitage, Pa.; Jim in Warren; and Scott in Alexandria, Va. -- and three grandchildren, Katie, Kristy and Kyle, in Warren.

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