Voters in a central Pennsylvania state Senate district will get a chance in January to pick a replacement for a four-term senator who resigned after being arrested on child pornography possession charges.
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said Jan. 14 is the earliest possible date to restore representation to residents of the heavily Republican district.
The election is to pick a successor for Republican Mike Folmer, who resigned Sept. 18. Folmer used to be Elizabethtown’s state senator until district lines were redrawn following the 2010 Census.
The district now includes all of Lebanon County as well as part of Dauphin County: Conewago Township, Highspire, Londonderry Township, Lower Swatara Township, Middletown, Paxtang, Royalton, Steelton and Swatara Township; as well as part of York County: Conewago Township, East Manchester Township, Goldsboro, Lewisberry, Manchester, Mount Wolf, Newberry Township, Springettsbury Township and York Haven.
The Republican Party of Pennsylvania announced on Tuesday, Oct. 8, that 11 candidates have submitted their names for consideration for nomination. Republicans are to pick their nominee at a meeting on Saturday, Oct. 19. The meeting begins at 11 a.m. in the Zimmerman Room of Lebanon Valley College, 101 College Ave., Annville.
The people seeking the Republican nomination are: Lebanon County District Attorney Dave Arnold, real estate agent Bill Bering, Lebanon business owner Nathan Brightbill, Commonwealth Partners founder and CEO Matt Brouillette, State Rep. Russ Diamond, Millersville University Professor Charles Greenawalt, community activist Jack Hamlett, insurance professional Randy Hoffman, Steelton-Highspire School District teacher Stephen Roth, businessman Tom Ryan and healthcare manager Paul Vranesic.
Democrats were still inviting prospective candidates to submit their names at press time.
A preliminary hearing on the charges against Folmer was postponed to Oct. 31. Folmer hasn’t commented. Investigators allegedly found two images of child pornography on Folmer’s cell phone after they asked him to turn it over at his house in Lebanon County.