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County Commissioner Pries running for Congress to replace Charlie Dent

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Posted 11/22/17

Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries, who lives in Derry Township, is running for Congress.

The Republican is seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, who is not running for re-election. The …

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County Commissioner Pries running for Congress to replace Charlie Dent

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Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries, who lives in Derry Township, is running for Congress.

The Republican is seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, who is not running for re-election. The 15th District is comprised of all Lehigh County, and large areas of Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon and Northampton counties. The area includes Middletown, Hummelstown and Royalton as well as Londonderry Township.

“We must fix health care by increasing competition so that we can choose policies that fit our needs without unfairly burdening families. We need a federal tax system that is simple and prioritizes middle-class families by lowering their taxes and increasing the deductions that help them most. And it is essential to keep our families safe by combating terror at home and abroad, supporting law enforcement, funding first responders, and reinforcing our military so it can be at the highest level of readiness,” he said on his campaign website in announcing his candidacy.

“We must also be unapologetic in sharing American values. I stand for our flag and the national anthem. I believe in our Constitution and will protect it. I’m pro-life, pro-family and stand firmly behind the values that founded our country,” he said.

Pries was appointed to the Dauphin County Board of Commissioners in August 2010 by the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, filling the unexpired term of the resigning Nick DiFrancesco. In 2011, he was elected to his first full term as commissioner and was re-elected in 2015.

Pries oversees the county’s Department of Community and Economic Development, Safety and Security, Veterans Affairs, Facility Maintenance, Waste Management and Recycling, Domestic Relations, the Prison, Judicial Center, Registration and Elections, the Emergency Management Agency and the Dauphin County Library System.

Prior to his appointment, Pries served as the director of safety and security for Dauphin County for nearly 11 years. He also served as a Derry Township supervisor from 2006-2010, serving as chairman of the board of supervisors from 2008 to 2010.

Pries also served on the Derry Township Industrial and Commercial Development Authority from 1999-2010 and as chairman from 2004 to 2005. His most memorable project was the Giant Center, home of the Hershey Bears and a popular concert venue, according to his biography on the county website.

Pries graduated from Penn State University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice and from Hershey High School.

He resides in Derry Township with his wife, Angela, and two children, Carter and Will.

According to PennLive.com, three Democrats have announced their candidacy: Allentown Solicitor Susan Ellis Wild, Allentown pastor Greg Edwards, and Bill Leiner of Lehigh County. Three other Republican candidates already are running: state Reps. Justin Simmons and Ryan Mackenzie, both from Lehigh County, and Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein.