HAZLETON, Pa. -- Award-winning, former Standard Speaker journalist, Maria Jacketti, announced Sunday morning her intentions to run for Mayor of Hazleton in the next mayoral election in 2019.
We all vilely remember Jacketti as the leader behind the local Trump protests that were organized around the 45th President's inauguration.
A few months later, Jacketti's now throwing her name in the hat for the Mayor of Hazleton -- but though it seems all out of sheer spite.
Over the weekend, Jacketti took to social media to call out Mayor Cusat for not moving Hazleton forward since taking office, and in a Facebook post she called him "sleazy, despicable, and disgusting."
When asked if she has a personal vendetta against Mayor Cusat, Jacketti's response was quite lengthy.
She wrote the following in a message sent to us via Facebook Messenger:
Mayor Cusat's Response
We've reached out to Mayor Cusat for comment, and his response was, "There is nothing to say, the next election is years away. I do make a great meatball. Family recipe that goes back to 1936."
Mayor Cusat also explained that Jacketti could still work with the children and people of Hazleton without the title of Poet Laureate.
Jacketti has a background as a college professor of English, creative writing, business writing, and Spanish for more than 20 years.
She's an award-winning journalist, with over 2,000 articles and 8 books in print.
Jacketti is fluent in speaking four different languages apart from English, and has her work underwritten for publication by The National Endowment on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
She's recently shared a prize of 2nd place for a Keystone Award with two of her colleagues from the Standard Speaker, for their coverage of a brutal shooting on Wyoming Street in Hazleton last year.