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Middletown Area School Board member Chris Lupp running against Rep. Tom Mehaffie

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 1/8/20

There are now two Republicans looking to challenge Rep. Tom Mehaffie’s bid for re-election to the 106th District state House seat in the April primary.

Chris Lupp, who lives in Lower Swatara …

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Middletown Area School Board member Chris Lupp running against Rep. Tom Mehaffie

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There are now two Republicans challenging Rep. Tom Mehaffie’s bid for re-election to the 106th District State House seat in the April primary.

Chris Lupp, who lives in Lower Swatara Township with his wife and two sons, in November was elected to a second four-year term on Middletown Area School Board. He announced his candidacy in a Jan. 8 press release.

Lupp said he has had a “long-time interest” in running for the seat, and believes now is the time.

“I have given it a lot of consideration,” Lupp, 48, told the Press & Journal. “I don’t want to keep waiting for another time. I could be waiting another 10 years, and that is not something I want to do.”

Lupp said he plans to run a grassroots campaign and would serve “with no hidden agendas.”

“Doing the right thing for the right reasons all the time leads to positive outcomes,” Lupp said, adding that is the same approach he has taken on Middletown Area School Board.

Lupp when asked by the Press & Journal declined to comment on Mehaffie’s record, saying “I am not going to be negative and focus on attacking anybody else. I want to focus on being positive and why people should vote for me.”

Lupp said he is “very pro-business” and if elected also would focus on public education and making the district “a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

The 106th District includes Hummelstown, Middletown and Royalton; Conewago, Derry and Lower Swatara townships; and part of Swatara Township.

Besides Lupp, Mehaffie’s other challenger in the Republican primary so far is Mimi Legro, who is chairwoman of the Conewago Township board of supervisors.

Two Democrats have announced their candidacy for the 106th seat — Lindsay Drew of Derry Township, who is vice president of Derry Township School Board; and Jonathan Keeler, a union truck driver from Derry Township.

Mehaffie, former president of the Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners, was elected to the state House in 2016 and is running for his third two-year term representing the 106th District.

Lupp graduated from Middletown Area High School in 1990 and went on to Millersville University, where he played football and earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice.

He started his career as an investigator in both the public and private sectors before becoming an insurance agent in 2000.

Lupp said he has worked with employer groups large and small for the past 20 years to develop insurance benefit plans to help employers and employees meet their needs and reduce risk.

Lupp is on the board of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit and the Middletown Area Recreation Alliance.

He has coached youth baseball for the Lower Swatara Township Athletic Association for nearly a decade and previously served as a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

Lupp said he believes his experience working with businesses and employees and his volunteer public service has prepared him to “best serve the needs of the 106th District.”