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Republican challenging Rep. Mehaffie, calls him 'most liberal' member of party in General Assembly

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 1/3/20

A Republican has surfaced to challenge incumbent Tom Mehaffie for the 106th District state House seat.

Mimi Legro, chairwoman of the board of supervisors in Conewago Township, in her Jan. 2 …

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Republican challenging Rep. Mehaffie, calls him 'most liberal' member of party in General Assembly

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A Republican has surfaced to challenge incumbent Tom Mehaffie for the 106th District state House seat.

Mimi Legro, chairwoman of the board of supervisors in Conewago Township, in her Jan. 2 campaign announcement labeled Mehaffie “the General Assembly’s most liberal Republican often siding with Democrats and Governor Wolf on taxes, spending and bailouts.”

Legro said she decided to enter the race because “It’s time the Republican voters deserve a real Republican who stands for basic conservative principles instead of a Representative who consistently sides with the big government unions and Harrisburg Democrats.”

“Tom Mehaffie has unapologetically done the bidding for the Democrat special interest groups and Governor Wolf while in Harrisburg with no end in sight,” Legro continued in her announcement. “With your help, we can finally give the Republican voters a Representative who just doesn’t pretend to campaign as a Republican but instead governs like one.”

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

Legro is a 26-year resident of Conewago Township. She is also known as Mimi Brodeur, the pen name she uses for the food column Added Spice that she has written for 26 years for The Patriot-News/PennLive.com.

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

Responding to Legro’s comments, Mehaffie told the Press & Journal he has voted with Republicans “98.67 percent of the time. So to say I am probably the most liberal Republican, I don’t think my voting record shows that.”

Mehaffie said he never voted for a personal income tax and never voted to raise the property tax while a commissioner in Lower Swatara.

“I don’t know what taxes she is talking about,” Mehaffie said. “The (state) budgets I voted for, they were all majority Republican votes so I was voting with the Republicans on those budgets.”

Referring to Legro’s comments about special interest groups and unions, Mehaffie said he represents all 65,000 residents of the 106th.

“We have a lot of unions in this district, people who work for Penn State Health, AFSCME, we have a huge trade union and the chocolate workers’ union,” Mehaffie said. “We do have a large union presence and I absolutely support the constituents of this district and will continue to. You have to find out what is best for the district and meet with all sides of the district, and I will continue to do that.”

“If Ms. Legro is that unhappy with my voting record, it is surprising she never reached out to me,” Mehaffie said, adding that as 106th representative he has been at several Conewago Township meetings also attended by Legro.

Mehaffie serves on four House committees — consumer affairs, game and fisheries, professional licensure, and gaming oversight, of which he is vice chairman.

Legro was the second challenger to Mehaffie to enter the race and as a Republican will go up against Mehaffie in the April 28 primary.

On Dec. 16, Lindsay Drew, a Democrat from Derry Township and vice president of the Derry Township School Board, announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the 106th seat. Democrat Jonathan Keeler also is running.

The general election is Nov. 3.