Gettysburg Connection Covers Local Elections

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Over 200 candidates line up for the county’s 2023 primary and municipal races

155 Republican and 60 Democratic candidates have thrown their names into the upcoming May 16 Adams County primary election. Candidates who successfully navigate the primary will run in the municipal election on Nov. 7.

The candidates are vying for the offices of Auditor, Borough Council Member, County Commissioner, Constable, Controller, Coroner, District Attorney, Magisterial Judge, Mayor, Prothonotary, Register and Recorder, School Director, Supervisor, and Tax Collector.


Four candidates are up for County Commissioner. Incumbent Republicans Randy Phiel and Jim Martin, incumbent Democrat Marty Qually, and Democratic challenger Rob Smith will face off in the fall election. The candidates with the highest vote totals will become commissioners, with the constraint that there must be one commissioner from each major party.

Incumbent Magisterial Judges Tony J. Little and Mark Beauchat are both running for re-election.

For Gettysburg borough council, the candidates are Democrat Kierstan Belle and Republican Peter Bales in Ward 1; Democrat Matt Moon in Ward 2; and Democrat Alisha Sanders, Republican John D Lawver Jr., and Republican Brian Hodges in Ward 3.  Democrat Chad-Alan Carr is running unopposed for the at-large seat.

Hodges and Lawver will face each other in the primary.

Across the six school districts, a total of 50 candidates have thrown their hats in the ring including 5 in Bermudian, 10 in Conewago, 5 in Fairfield, 10 in Gettysburg, 11 in Littlestown, and 9 in Upper Adams.

A total of 44 candidates are running for township supervisors.

Click here for the complete list of Democratic Candidates.

Click here for the complete list of Republican Candidates.


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Kathleen Heidecker
Kathleen Heidecker
1 year ago

School board candidates cross-file with both parties so they are not always what they seem.

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