Several local conservative-leaning groups will be holding a forum for countywide candidates, open to all political parties, on April 30 ahead of the May 21 primary.
The forum will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Fire & Rescue meeting hall, 177 Carlisle Springs Road. Candidates will be given an opportunity to speak and take questions submitted by the audience.
The forum is open to all candidates who are on the ballot countywide, including the statewide Superior Court judges’ races, as well as the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas judges, county district attorney, county commissioners and county treasurer.
The event is organized by the Cumberland 9/12 Project in conjunction with the Conservative Christian Center and Cumberland County ACTION. Candidates of all stripes are invited to attend.
In the Superior Court race, Republican and Democratic primary voters will pick two candidates from a field of three to send to the November general election. For Republicans, the statewide race includes one familiar face, Christylee Peck, who is a common pleas judge in Cumberland County.
The county commissioners’ race is uncontested for Republicans, with both of the county’s sitting GOP commissioners, Vince DiFilippo and Gary Eichelberger, seeking re-election without any primary challenge.
The Democratic commissioners’ ballot includes four candidates: Michael Fedor, Jean Foschi, Kate McGraw and Donald Travis. Voters pick two commissioners' candidates in the primary and again in the general, where the top three candidates win seats, creating a board with two majority–party and one minority-party commissioner.
The county district attorney race is uncontested in the Democratic primary, with Sean Quinlan as the only candidate. The Republican side is contested, with current District Attorney M.L. “Skip” Ebert facing a challenge from Jaime Keating.
The county treasurer’s race is an uncontested primary on both sides, with Kelly Neiderer the only Republican and Jake Miller as the only Democrat.