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Dozen candidates vying for Folmer's state Senate seat, including 11 Republicans

By Dan Miller

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Posted 10/9/19

Eleven Republicans are running for the 48th state Senate District seat that was vacated by the Sept. 18 resignation of Michael Folmer, according to the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, along with …

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Dozen candidates vying for Folmer's state Senate seat, including 11 Republicans

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Eleven Republicans are running for the 48th state Senate District seat that was vacated by the Sept. 18 resignation of Michael Folmer, according to the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, along with one Democrat.

Most of the candidates are from Lebanon County. All of the county is in the 48th District. The district also includes parts of York County and portions of Dauphin County, including Highspire, Londonderry Township, Middletown, Lower Swatara Township, Royalton and Steelton; as well as Conewago and Swatara townships and Paxtang borough.

A special election to fill the seat is set for Jan. 14, following Folmer’s resignation one day after he was charged in Lebanon County Court with possession of child pornography by the state attorney general’s office.

Among those seeking their party’s nomination are Lebanon County Republicans Dave Arnold, who is the county district attorney; state Rep. Russ Diamond, and Matthew J. Brouillette, who is president and CEO of Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs.

Other Republicans who are vying for the seat are Bill Bering Jr., who owns a real estate business in Lebanon County; Charlie Greenawalt, an associate professor of government and political affairs at Millersville University; Randy Hoffman, a former insurance agency owner in Lebanon who was director of accounts and finances for Lebanon city in the late 1980s; Tom Ryan, a retired businessman from York County; Paul Vranesic, the regional director of sales and marketing for ManorCare Health Services; Lebanon business owner Nathan Brightbill; community activist Jack Hamlett; and Steelton-Highspire School District teacher Stephen Roth.

The lone Democrat who has publicly announced his intention to seek his party’s nomination for the seat is David Lloyd, a township supervisor in West Cornwall Township, Lebanon County, according to PennLive.

The two major parties — Democrat and Republican — have both set meetings during which party representatives will choose who is to be on the Jan. 14 ballot for the seat from among those who have applied.

In each case, the party’s representatives doing the choosing come from the respective county party committees in Dauphin, Lebanon and York counties.

Republicans will meet to select their candidate Oct. 19 at Lebanon Valley College. Democrats will meet to choose their candidate Oct. 20.

Folmer, who held the 48th District seat since first being elected in 2006, is charged with four felonies including three counts of possessing child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Authorities executing a search warrant found two images of apparent child pornography on Folmer’s Apple iPhone, according to the criminal complaint.

Folmer is scheduled for an Oct. 31 preliminary hearing on the charges before District Judge Thomas M. Capello.