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State Rep. Tom Mehaffie says he will run for third term in Pennsylvania Legislature

By Dan Miller

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Posted 12/11/19

Republican Tom Mehaffie of Lower Swatara Township announced Monday he is running for a third two-year term in the state House representing the 106th District.

A small business owner and former …

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State Rep. Tom Mehaffie says he will run for third term in Pennsylvania Legislature

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Republican Tom Mehaffie of Lower Swatara Township announced Monday he is running for a third two-year term in the state House representing the 106th District.

A small business owner and former chairman of the Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners, Mehaffie was elected to the state House in 2016 and re-elected in 2018.

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

“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to serve as the people’s voice and fight to make our communities better places to live, work and raise a family,” Mehaffie said in a statement announcing his re-election campaign. “Throughout my life, I have been committed to public service because I care about the quality of life in our communities and the citizens and families who reside in them.”

Mehaffie said his nearly four years in the House have earned him a reputation as “a trusted leader who cuts through partisan politics and stands up to the Harrisburg special interests to deliver real results for the people he was elected to represent.”

Mehaffie in a list of legislation accomplishments referred to his work toward passing “fiscally responsible budgets that did not increase taxes on our hard-working families and seniors on fixed incomes”; working with law enforcement, providers and victims to combat the opioid crisis; and working toward passing Tobacco 21 legislation that prevents anyone younger than age 21 from purchasing vaping and other nicotine-related products.

The Tobacco 21 legislation signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in November makes an exception for active-duty military and veterans with honorable discharges who are at least 18.

Mehaffie also referred to securing funding to expand the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, delivering $60 million in new school safety grants, securing funding to improve roads and bridges, and his recent introduction of legislation that would license behavior analysts who treat chronic conditions such as opioid and alcohol addiction, suicide prevention, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, autism, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Mehaffie in March introduced legislation aimed at saving Three Mile Island’s Unit 1 from closure, by having the state subsidize nuclear power in Pennsylvania in the same way that various forms of alternative energy such as wind and solar are subsidized.

TMI is in Londonderry Township — not in Mehaffie’s district — but Mehaffie cited the economic effect that closing the plant would have upon his district.

Hearings were held on Mehaffie’s legislation, House Bill 11, but the bill was never voted on in committee.

In what was a bitter defeat for Mehaffie, Exelon in September followed through with closing Unit 1, although Mehaffie pledged he would continue fighting to save the four other nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania.

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

Mehaffie for more than 25 years has owned the Breski Beverage Distributor business on Eisenhower Boulevard. He is a past president of the Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania.

He was elected to the Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners and 2010 and became president in 2014.

Mehaffie has also served on the Dauphin County Planning Commission, the Dauphin County Library Board, the Lower Swatara Lions Club, the Zembo Shrine and the Prince Edwin Spring Creek Masonic Lodge, the executive board of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners, and on the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority.

Mehaffie’s wife Linda is a Realtor and president of the Middletown Area School Board.