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ELECTION 2019: Prokopchak again is seeking Lower Swatara board seat

Posted 5/8/19

One of the reasons why Danielle Prokopchak is running for Lower Swatara commissioner is because she wants to be a role model for her two young children.

Prokopchak is the sole Democrat running …

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ELECTION 2019: Prokopchak again is seeking Lower Swatara board seat

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One of the reasons why Danielle Prokopchak is running for Lower Swatara commissioner is because she wants to be a role model for her two young children.

Prokopchak is the sole Democrat running against Commissioners Jon Wilt, Todd Truntz and Michael Davies and challenger Donald Wagner, who are running as Republicans.

Three seats are open, so each party can advance three candidates to the general election. That means she is a shoo-in to run in November.

She ran for a four-year term in 2015 and came in fourth behind Wilt, Truntz and Davies.

Prokopchak serves as a committeewoman for the Lower Swatara First Precinct for the Dauphin County Democratic Committee. She works as creative director for Pennsylvania Senate Democrats.

Prokopchak said she is running because she has the passion and professional skills and to let area women know they have a place at the table.

“I am running because I have no ulterior motive, no local business dealings, no favors that I owe anyone, no special interests, no desire to be a powerful person. I just want to do right by the people of Lower Swatara and be a role model for my kids,” she said.

The four issues she identified as facing the township are quality of life, specifically related to the recent UPS and D&H warehouse projects; government transparency; safety and sustainability; and the local schools.

Regarding the UPS and D&H projects, moving forward, she advocated for greater transparency and community involvement “vs. large corporations pandering to a few in order to make large profits.”

Prokopchak said she wasn’t naive that the township’s location opens it to development.

“I think it’s important to balance preserving the precious and beautiful land that surrounds this township, but also weigh the benefits of expansion and tax relief,” Prokopchak said.

Similar to 2015, she said she plans to knock on doors, call residents and “work hard to earn the trust of my neighbors and earn every single vote.”