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Lower Dauphin grad Myers wants to take on Mehaffie for state House seat

Posted 5/9/18

Derry Township resident Rob Myers, a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School, is running in Tuesday’s Democratic primary that will decide the challenger who will face state Rep. Tom Mehaffie for …

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Lower Dauphin grad Myers wants to take on Mehaffie for state House seat

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Derry Township resident Rob Myers, a graduate of Lower Dauphin High School, is running in Tuesday’s Democratic primary that will decide the challenger who will face state Rep. Tom Mehaffie for the 106th House District seat in November.

The 106th House seat includes Middletown, Royalton, Lower Swatara Township, Hummelstown, Derry Township, Conewago Township, and parts of Swatara Township.

Over his career, Myers has worked on transportation projects throughout Pennsylvania as a civil and environmental engineer and project manager. He previously worked his way through HACC and Penn State Harrisburg.

“We need a candidate who won’t just resist the ultra-conservative agenda, but a leader who will build coalitions that will pass honest budgets, fight corruption and sexual harassment, and champion social justice and economic equality,” he said.

Mehaffie, R-Lower Swatara Township, won the 2016 Republican primary election against Jonathan Keeler of Derry Township. He was unopposed in the 2016 general election.

Myers’ opponent Tuesday is Jill Linta, a Middletown Area High School and Penn State University graduate who has been a community volunteer for almost two decades. She is chairwoman of the Gov. Pinchot Group of the Sierra Club and a trained member of the Dauphin County Animal Response Team. 

In addition to his work as an engineer, Myers led the nonpartisan, nonprofit Hershey Indivisible Team to support issues that “improve economic equality, protect the environment, increase inclusiveness, and support local candidates who believe in equitable, democratic principles,” according to a press release from his campaign.

“Every day I hear people expressing frustration with the current state of government. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives can’t pass a budget on time, let alone tackle the legislation we need to solve some of the most important economic, education, and healthcare issues facing Pennsylvania families,” Myers said. “I want people to earn a living wage, not just an existence. We must support working families.”