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Mehaffie wins second term in Pennsylvania House, defeating Democratic challenger Linta

Posted 11/7/18

State Rep. Tom Mehaffie won a second term in the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Jill Linta 14,494-12,048 in final, unofficial results from Dauphin County.

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Mehaffie wins second term in Pennsylvania House, defeating Democratic challenger Linta

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State Rep. Tom Mehaffie won a second term in the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Jill Linta 14,494-12,048 in final, unofficial results from Dauphin County.

The 106th District includes Middletown, Royalton, Lower Swatara Township, Hummelstown, Derry Township, Conewago Township and parts of Swatara Township.

Both Mehaffie and Linta are Lower Swatara residents.

“Serving in this position is an incredible honor and one that I take very seriously. I have been, and will remain committed to the principle that first and foremost, I represent the residents of the 106th District. I am unapologetic in fighting for what is in the best interest of our district and will continue that fight in my years to come in the Legislature,” Mehaffie said in a statement to the Press & Journal.

“I remain committed to bringing as many state resources as possible back to our district,” he said. “Over the next few years, we are going to see lots of discussion about our large job producers in our region, from the growth of the Hershey Medical Center to the future of Three Mile Island, I am committed to making sure all of the employers in our district remain strong and that the men and women of our district have family-sustaining jobs to go to every day.”

Mehaffie, before getting elected to the state House, served as a township commissioner in Lower Swatara. He was elected to the board in 2010 and became president of the board in 2014, a position he held until resigning after getting elected to the House in 2016.

Mehaffie serves on the Local Government, Gaming Oversight, and Game and Fisheries committees in the House. He is secretary of the Gaming Oversight Committee.

Mehaffie is also on the Nuclear Energy Caucus, which state lawmakers created in March 2017 with the goal of preserving nuclear energy in Pennsylvania. He has been outspoken in his support of Three Mile Island.

Mehaffie owns Breski Beverage Distributor, which he acquired and grew as a small business over 20 years. He is a past president of the Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania.

Mehaffie’s wife, Linda, is a real estate agent who is president of the Middletown Area School Board.

Linta is a Middletown Area High School and Penn State University graduate who has been a community volunteer for almost two decades. She is chairwoman of the Gov. Pinchot Group of the Sierra Club.

She is also a trained member of the Dauphin County Animal Response Team who assisted with sheltering pets affected by the 2011 flooding, and with rescuing dogs from puppy mills.

Linta is a legal observer and coordinator with the National Lawyers Guild of Central Pennsylvania, and has been a poll watcher in every presidential election since 2004.

Middletown

Linta won two precincts in Middletown, but Mehaffie won in the borough overall, 1,486-1,278.

1st Ward, 1st Precinct: 137-132 for Linta.

1st Ward, 2nd Precinct: 247-226 for Mehaffie.

2nd Ward, 1st Precinct: 320-260 for Mehaffie.

2nd Ward, 2nd Precinct: 331-266 for Linta.

3rd Ward, 1st Precinct: 233-145 for Mehaffie.

3rd Ward, 2nd Precinct: 288-179 for Mehaffie.

Lower Swatara Township

Mehaffie won with strong margins. He won the 1st Precinct, 730-439; the 2nd Precinct, 520-300; the 3rd Precinct, 497-436; and the 4th Precinct, 430-238.

Royalton

Mehaffie easily won both wards, 88-42 in the 1st and 203-117 in the 2nd.