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Lower Swatara Township will have two new commissioners: Paul, DeHart beat Springer, Hall

By David Barr

davidbarr@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 11/7/17

Two seats are up for grabs on the five-member board in Lower Swatara Township.

With 2 precincts of 4 reporting, Ron Paul leads with 427 votes, followed by incumbent Laddie Springer with 393, Chris …

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Lower Swatara Township will have two new commissioners: Paul, DeHart beat Springer, Hall

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The Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners will have two new members.

Two seats were up for grabs on the five-member board in Lower Swatara Township.

With 4 precincts of 4 reporting, Ron Paul was the top vote-getter with 1,020 votes in unofficial results, followed by Chris DeHart at 952. Incumbent Laddie Springer had 892, and incumbent Ben Hall had 865.

Springer and Hall defeated Paul and DeHart in the May primary. However, Paul and DeHart both received enough write-in votes on the Democratic primary ballot to appear on the Democratic ballot in the general election.

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.

Springer was first elected to the board in November 2013.

Hall was running for his first full four-year term. Hall was appointed by commissioners to the board in December 2016 to fill the seat that was vacated by former board President Tom Mehaffie, after Mehaffie was elected to the state House of Representatives.

"Apparently, they thought they needed a change," Paul said of he and DeHart earning the nod from the voters over Springer and Hall.

Both DeHart and Paul thanked those who braved the weather and came out to vote.

"I appreciate their support," DeHart said, adding that he would "do the best for them."

Paul and DeHart both stressed the need to find a permanent township manager as one of the items that needed to be addressed immediately.

"It's certainly a priority. It's the key to having this township moving forward," Paul said. "With our leadership and experience we can do a good job for the citizens and the board."

On Wednesday, Hall thanked his family and the voters and said that in this past year he felt he worked hard for the community. Despite that, it wasn't enough to earn a full term on the board.

“At the end of the day, people spoke and that's where it’s at,” Hall told the Press & Journal.

Springer, first elected in 2013, said the last four years went by quickly. 

The one thing he was proud of during his tenure on the board was there were no tax increases. 

“It’s been a great experience for me,” Springer said of his time on the board.

Springer also gave kudos to Paul and DeHart for running a successful campaign.

“I have respect for both those men,” Springer said.

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