Primary packed with candidates

LEWISTOWN – The May 21 municipal primary election will have a large slate of candidates on the ballot in Mifflin County.

Two candidates have cross filed for a seat on the Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas. Incumbent President Judge Timothy S. Searer is seeking a third 10-year term. Assistant District Attorney Dave Barron will challenge Searer for the seat.

Several county row offices will be on the ballot, all of which carry four-year terms.

There are four people running for county treasurer, one Democrat and three Republicans. Teresa Hobbs is the lone Democrat on the ballot. The Republican candidates are Deb Civitts James R. Fosselman and Kevin Lindsey.

Republican Barbara A. Stringer is running for re-election as the Register and Recorder and faces no challenger in the primary.

Likewise, Mifflin County Sheriff Christopher S. Shade is seeking re-election and nobody has filed to run against him.

Five seats on the Mifflin County School District Board of Directors need to be filled with six cross-filed candidates running. Four seats are up for four year terms and one two year term will also be on the ballot. Of the six candidates, three are incumbents, Kristen Sharp, Walter L. Harpster and James R. Hurlburt Jr. The other three candidates are Richard A. Smeltz, John Knepp, and Bob Hammond.

There is one open seat on the Mount Union Area School District. Duane Gearhart is the only candidate running and has cross filed for the four year term on the board.

Lewistown Borough Council has four seats up for election. The seven Republican candidates running for those four seats are Larry Searer, Nelson E. Rieffannacht, Mark Lawson, Judi Smith, Justin E. Trego, Matthew B. Moore and Russell A. Rager.

Lewistown Mayor Deb Bargo, a Republican, is also up for re-election but faces no challenger. The same is true for Burnham mayor Loyce Harpster, a Democrat, McVeytown mayor Wilda Fisher, a Republican, and Juniata Terrace mayor Rich Lockett, a Democrat.

Voters will also elect a variety of positions for municipal offices, including township supervisors, tax collectors, judges of elections, inspectors of elections and auditors. A complete list will be posted online at and will appear in the voters’ guide which will be published on May 17.