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Lower Swatara Township will have commissioner rematch; Middletown voters get more options

By Dan Miller danmiller@pressandjournal.com and David Barr davidbarr@pressandjournal.com
Posted 6/14/17

Write-in votes from the May 16 Dauphin County primary were certified as official June 7, and several of those candidates will be on the ballot in November.

Lower Swatara Township

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Lower Swatara Township will have commissioner rematch; Middletown voters get more options

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Write-in votes from the May 16 Dauphin County primary were certified as official June 7, and several of those candidates will be on the ballot in November.

Lower Swatara Township

The same names that appeared on the Republican primary ballot will appear on the November general election ballot in the race for commissioner, just in a slightly different way.

Ron Paul and Chris DeHart, who ran as Republicans in May, both confirmed to the Press & Journal that they would run as Democrats on the November ballot.

Two seats are up for grabs on the board.

In May, incumbents Laddie Springer and Ben Hall received 536 and 509 votes respectively, while Paul and DeHart received 475 and 366 votes respectively.

However, in May, Paul received 62 write-in votes on the Democratic side and DeHart received 44. Once the write-in votes were certified, it was enough to get them on the November ballot as Democrats.

Paul and DeHart had to wait two weeks after the May 16 primary for the first certification of the write-in ballots on May 31, then after the seven-day challenging period, the second and final certifications were presented to the board of elections June 7.

Letters alerting the candidates were sent out after that date. Both Paul and DeHart said they received their letters in the mail on Friday, June 9.

Paul is a former Lower Swatara Township manager and DeHart is a former Lower Swatara fire chief. They announced their candidacy in January and ran as Republicans on a platform that included keeping taxes low, transparency in local government, effective use of the township’s recreation areas, and upgrading critical infrastructure.

Middletown

It is likely that five candidates will appear on the November ballot, competing for three four-year seats on the Middletown Borough Council.

Councilor Dawn Knull was unchallenged on the Democratic ballot in the primary. However, two write-in candidates garnered enough votes to be on the ballot as Democrats.

Incumbent Republican Borough Councilor Ian Reddinger told the Press & Journal it is likely he will accept the spot on the ballot. He has until July 17 to decide. He received 24 Democratic write-in votes.

Reddinger, who was appointed to council in 2016, originally did not plan to seek election.

Republican council candidate Jenny Miller also received 17 Democratic write-in votes, meaning she will be on the ballot as both a Democrat and a Republican. Miller was the top-vote getter on the GOP side.

In addition to Knull, Miller and Reddinger, Rachelle Reid and David Rhen will be on the fall ballot. Reid and Rhen were the two others on the GOP ballot in the primary along with Miller.

The write-in results do not alter the ballot for the fourth seat opening up on Middletown borough council, which is a two-year seat.

Democratic incumbent Ben Kapenstein will run against Rachelle Reid, who was on the ballot for the two-year seat in addition to the four-year seat.

Kapenstein and Reid were both unopposed on the ballot for the two-year seat in the primary.

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