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State Rep. Mehaffie is likely winner in re-election bid against Lupp and Legro in Republican primary

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Posted 6/3/20

State Rep. Tom Mehaffie appears to have an insurmountable lead in his race for a third term in the Legislature.

However, results won’t be official until mail-in ballots are counted, and …

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State Rep. Mehaffie is likely winner in re-election bid against Lupp and Legro in Republican primary

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State Rep. Tom Mehaffie appears to have an insurmountable lead in his race for a third term in the Legislature.

However, results won’t be official until mail-in ballots are counted, and Dauphin County is one of six counties in the state that has an extension until June 9 to count those ballots.

In Tuesday’s election results in the Republican primary for the 106th House District seat, Mehaffie leads challengers Chris Lupp and Mimi Legro by wide margins. According to Dauphin County results, Mehaffie received 2,230 votes, or 43.19 percent, to 1,470 votes for Lupp, 28.47 percent, and 1,454 votes for Legro, 28.16 percent.

Democratic candidate Lindsay Drew was unopposed Tuesday and will take on the Republican winner in November. Drew is a self-employed business owner, community leader and vice president of the Derry Township School Board.

The 106th House District includes Middletown, Royalton and Hummelstown boroughs, and Conewago, Derry, Lower Swatara and part of Swatara townships.

Mehaffie has owned Breski Beverage since 1993. He is the former chairman of the Lower Swatara Board of Commissioners and was elected to the state House in 2016 and re-elected in 2018.

Mehaffie said his nearly four years in the House have earned him a reputation as “a trusted leader who cuts through partisan politics and stands up to the Harrisburg special interests to deliver real results for the people he was elected to represent.”

Mehaffie in a list of legislation accomplishments referred to his work toward passing “fiscally responsible budgets that did not increase taxes on our hard-working families and seniors on fixed incomes”; working with law enforcement, providers and victims to combat the opioid crisis; and working toward passing Tobacco 21 legislation that prevents anyone younger than age 21 from purchasing vaping and other nicotine-related products.

Legro, chairwoman of the board of supervisors in Conewago Township, in her Jan. 2 campaign announcement labeled Mehaffie “the General Assembly’s most liberal Republican often siding with Democrats and Governor Wolf on taxes, spending and bailouts.”

Legro is a 26-year resident of Conewago Township. She is also known as Mimi Brodeur, the name she uses for the food column Added Spice that she has written for 26 years for The Patriot-News/PennLive.com.

Lupp, who lives in Lower Swatara Township with his wife and two sons, in November was elected to a second four-year term on Middletown Area School Board.

Lupp said he has had a “long-time interest” in running for the seat, and believes now is the time. Lupp graduated from Middletown Area High School in 1990 and went on to Millersville University, where he played football and earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice.

He started his career as an investigator in both the public and private sectors before becoming an insurance agent in 2000.

Mehaffie and Legro combined to spend nearly $250,000 combined in the race, according to campaign finance reports submitted to the state May 22.

The majority of contributions to the campaigns of both Mehaffie and Legro are from political action committees, according to their respective campaign expense reports.

Mehaffie, first elected in 2016 and seeking his third two-year term representing the 106th, reported spending $120,559.57 in the race so far this year. Legro has spent $117,234.85, according to two reports filed by her campaign.

Lupp sought to separate himself from Legro and Mehaffie by saying he is the only one of the three who is not accepting contributions from PACs.