A forum held jointly by The Elizabethtown Advocate and the Rotary Club of Elizabethtown for candidates in contested Elizabethtown Borough Council races has confirmed attendance from all but one candidate.
Christine Seitz, the Republican nominee for the First Ward seat, emailed the Advocate on Tuesday, Oct. 10, to say she could not make the forum due to a scheduling conflict. She did not say what the conflicting event was. Democratic nominee Bill Troutman and Green Party nominee Timothy J. Runkle both have confirmed that they plan to be at the event, which goes from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, in the auditorium of Elizabethtown Area Middle School. It is free and open to the public.
Both candidates in the Second Ward also confirmed that they plan to attend. Incumbent Republican Neil Ketchum faces Democratic challenger Mary Auker-Endres.
In the Third Ward, incumbent Republican Marc Hershey is unopposed for re-election; Republican Mayor Chuck Mummert is also unopposed.
The forum is to be moderated by Advocate Editor Dan Robrish and Paula Knudsen Berke, an investigative reporter for The Caucus, a publication covering state government. Both the Advocate and The Caucus are part of the LNP Media Group.
Auker-Endres, Hershey and Robrish are all current active members of the Rotary Club of Elizabethtown. Mummert is a current honorary member and previously was a longtime active member of the club. He is a past president and also has served as an assistant district governor.
Two weeks after the Borough Council candidates’ forum, the Advocate is teaming up with the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown for a similar forum for school board candidates. That forum is to be moderated by Robrish and Barb Hough Roda, the community liaison for the Lancaster newspaper LNP and Lancaster Online. That forum, which was originally planned for the high school auditorium, has been moved to the middle school auditorium. It is to start at 7 p.m. and run to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26; it is also free and open to the public.
Kiwanis and Rotary are both nonpolitical service organizations; they will not be endorsing candidates for public office.