Candidates vying for Pa. Senate seat to debate Sunday

CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) – Critics of Pennsylvania politics frequently complain that though there are elections, there’s too frequently nothing for which to vote.

Residents in the 31st State Senatorial District in Cumberland and York counties cannot make that claim. There are four GOP candidates vying to replace retiring Senator Pat Vance.

The primary election is April 26, three weeks from Tuesday. Registered Republicans will choose between these four:

  • Representative Mike Regan (R-Dillsburg) a sitting legislator, and former U.S. Marshall who currently lives in York County but graduated from Cedar Cliff High School in Cumberland County.
  • Brice Arndt, a longtime Cumberland County dentist who wants to shift his focus and career to public service. He has been running for the seat for two years
  • Jon Ritchie, former NFL running back (Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles) and broadcaster who starred at Cumberland Valley High School
  • Scott Harper, an attorney from York County

All four have agreed to participate in a debate this Sunday, April 10. It will be at Eagle View Middle School, at 6746 Carlisle Pike, above Cumberland Valley High School. The debate is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend.

ABC27’s Dennis Owens will moderate the event, which is sponsored by the Cumberland County GOP. Panelists include Cumberland Valley School District social studies teacher Jake Miller, state Representative Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland), who is also head of the Cumberland County GOP, and Evan Forrester of FOX43.

Candidates will have opening and closing statements and all candidates will answer all questions from the panelists. There will also be questions from the audience and from students. No questions have been shared in advance with the candidates.

There is no announced Democrat, so the winner of the GOP primary is likely to become the new senator.

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