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Folmer defeats Democratic challenger Herr, will return to Pennsylvania Senate for fourth term

Posted 11/7/18

Sen. Mike Folmer will return to the Pennsylvania Legislature for a fourth term, representing the 48th District, after defeating Democratic challenger Lois Herr on Tuesday.

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Folmer defeats Democratic challenger Herr, will return to Pennsylvania Senate for fourth term

Mike Folmer
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Sen. Mike Folmer will return to the Pennsylvania Legislature for a fourth term, representing the 48th District, after defeating Democratic challenger Lois Herr on Tuesday.

The 48th District covers Lebanon County and parts of Dauphin and York counties, including Middletown, Royalton, Highspire and Steelton as well as Lower Swatara and Londonderry townships. 

Reports put the total at 60,134 votes throughout the district for Folmer and 35,370 votes for Herr.

Folmer, of Lebanon, was elected supporting term limits at 12 years for state elected officials, as part of his “Promise to Pennsylvania.” Winning the seat again on Tuesday means he would serve 16 years.

“Marijuana Mike” was the prime sponsor of Act 16 of 2016, which allows the use of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania for certain medical conditions, and he decided to run again because he said there are issues that still need to be resolved with dispensaries.

“It’s my baby, and I want to make sure my baby gets out of the incubator and is able to be sustainable on its own two feet,” he told the Lebanon Daily News on Tuesday.

Herr is chairwoman of the Lebanon County Democratic Committee and as a member of Mount Gretna Borough Council. She previously worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories, AT&T, New York Telephone, and NYNEX in marketing, operations, finance, corporate planning, and publications.

She ran for Congress in 2004, 2006 and 2010.

“Thanks to everyone who supported me in the fight for the 48th state Senate seat. And special thanks to my campaign team for running a good race,” Herr said on her Facebook page. “It was great to know so many of the Democratic candidates in Central PA who tried hard to swim against the red tide. Hope all of you stay involved and keep fighting to give Democrats a voice. You certainly gave them candidates they could be proud of this time.”

Middletown

Herr won two precincts in Middletown, but Folmer won in the borough overall, 1,467-1,279.

1st Ward, 1st Precinct: 138-132 for Herr.

1st Ward, 2nd Precinct: 248-219 for Folmer.

2nd Ward, 1st Precinct: 312-258 for Folmer.

2nd Ward, 2nd Precinct: 330-265 for Herr.

3rd Ward, 1st Precinct: 223-150 for Folmer.

3rd Ward, 2nd Precinct: 287-184 for Folmer.

Royalton

Folmer won both wards, 87-42 in the 1st and 202-118 in the 2nd.

Londonderry Township

Folmer easily won every precinct in Londonderry, taking the 1st Precinct, 593-219, the 2nd Precinct, 621-225, and the 3rd Precinct, 318-110.

Lower Swatara Township

Folmer had some wins with wide margins in the township. He won the 1st Precinct, 779-377; the 2nd Precinct, 519-298; the 3rd Precinct, 501-423; and the 4th Precinct, 430-239.