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Salary: Chairman $110,593.60 Commissioner $106,662.404 year termUnder Pennsylvania County Code, the Board of Commissioners is responsible for implementing the County's budget, as well as overseeing contracts and expenditures. The Commissioners are the executive governing body, administering County programs, personnel, property and facilities.The Board of Commissioners is comprised of three commissioners elected by County voters to serve concurrent four-year terms.Two candidates are nominated from each party in the primary election. In the general election in November, each voter votes for two of the four. The top three vote-getters are elected. This ensures representation of the minority party on the board.Responsibilities:Implementing the County's budgetOverseeing contracts and expenditures

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    Diane Bowman
    (Dem)

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    George Hartwick III
    (Dem)

  • Jeff Haste
    (Rep)

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    Mike Pries
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What experience and capabilities make you especially suited to serve in the office you are seeking?

Please explain why you do or do not support an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution to assign the decennial task of both legislative and congressional redistricting to an independent citizens redistricting commission.

If elected, what would be your top 3 priorities in office?

Campaign Phone (717) 238-4672
campaign email address FriendsofDianeBowman@gmail.com
I was elected as a Susquehanna Township Commissioner in 2001 and served until 2012 after serving as the President of the Board for 13 months. During my employment career, I was a property manager for 17 years, an Auditor in the Department of the Auditor General's office for more than 7 years, as well as a business owner, office manager for several daycare units, a payroll and human resources Officer for a mid-size company, and a life-long resident of Dauphin County. Along with my employment experiences, I am a practical, organized and honest person who cares about ALL people, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, national origin, age, ethnic identity, sexual orientation or economic status. As a County Commissioner, I want to make sure that all services are accessible to those that need them and that there is no favoritism given because of who you know.
I am fully in support of an independent citizens redistricting commission charged with the task of drawing the decennial maps for both legislative and congressional redistricting. In 2011 and again in 2012, I testified before the State Senate Redistricting Committee as the President of the Susquehanna Township Board of Commissioners to protest the gerrymandering of my Senatorial district at the time. As a result, we were able to get them to bring all of the City of Harrisburg back in with most of Susquehanna Township. I also experienced the unfairness of redistricting of my Township which left me as a “lame duck” Commissioner in the final two years of my last term, which was one of the reasons I resigned in 2012. Fair Districts PA asked the Dauphin County Commissioners to sign a resolution in support of an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission last year, and only the Democratic Minority Commissioner was willing to sign the document. We need to elect both Democrats.
Work to form a Human Relations Commission that can be used by all the municipalities that adopt a non-discrimination ordinance to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community. An agreement with the County would allow those municipalities to send any grievances and complaints to the County. Work for better working conditions in the Children and Youth Department. The stressful nature, safety concerns, and burnout of the caseworkers causes a high turnover. I fully support the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program and would support a more robust program. Create a Renters’ Certification Program to teach renters to take care of a rental property, provide money management skills, etc. Upon completion, the program would give the graduates preference with Landlords and encourage more to participate in the Section 8 program. Work with the Trade Unions’ apprenticeship programs to encourage minorities and women to enter these good paying jobs.
County government is complex and touches on nearly every aspect of our lives. What most people don’t know is that I have worked 120+ county jobs, mostly in the departments I oversee. That hands-on knowledge from the people on the front lines gave me a practical understanding of the responsibilities of county government. That experience along with my formal education and life experience have allowed me to accomplish results. We have gone 14 straight years without a tax increase while facing significant fiscal challenges. We will be debt free in 2024 and have one of the top performing pension funds in the state.

I pride myself on being responsive and accessible to the community that I serve; my commitment and compassion toward the underserved communities that oftentimes don’t have a voice is unmatched. I am passionate about early childhood development, protecting our seniors, criminal justice reform, and investing in affordable housing and economic development.
I do support putting the responsibility for redistricting into the hands of a nonpartisan, independent citizens commission. Throughout my career in public service, I’ve committed myself to give a voice in government to often ignored or marginalized. Fair and equal access to the ballot box is a crucial way for those discounted by the system to be heard and affect change. When we see precinct maps distorted by gerrymandering to create artificially “safe districts’’ for incumbents of either party, it flies in the face of our right to free and impartial elections.
When I came into office, I promised to make government run efficiently and not cut services. I’m proud to have kept my promise for 14 years, holding the line on property taxes while innovatively expanding services to vulnerable populations. Investing in early childhood education and intervention is my first priority. The first 5 years of a child’s life affect the next 80. Ensuring children can succeed in school and beyond is the surest way to combat addiction, crime and poverty. Combatting the opioid epidemic that is devastating our families is my second priority. We’re expanding treatment and improving access to services for the mentally ill and those in our criminal justice system. Continuing that support after release is key to reducing recidivism. Third, I will continue focusing on protecting and expanding services to our seniors, economic development, affordable housing. We need to provide opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty and strengthen our communities.
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campaign email address mikepries@verizon.net
As a current County Commissioner since 2010, I understand the significance of what we are responsible for - Oversight of a $340 million annual budget, more than 40 departments, 1,700 employees, and working with the 40 municipalities across the county representing over 275,000 residents. We have held the line on taxes an unprecedented 14 consecutive years while maintaining the high level of constituent service that our residents have grown accustomed to and demand. We are projected to be debt free by the end of 2024 - a major accomplishment. We do not play partisan politics, we work together to reach our goals. Our number one goal has been, is, and will continue to be - to work hard every day to make sure the Dauphin County we leave behind for you and your children is better than the one we live in today! I am a 1985 graduate of Hershey High School and Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Administration of Justice.
I support a commission being developed that will determine future fair districts that are free of political party or human bias. To that end the committee should agree to an algorithmic process to input data based on requirements for population, percentages and geographical dimensions. Once the commission has come to an agreement, in advance, then input the data required and we will have districts that have been pre map generated. What those new districts look like will be free of any additional tinkering and may or may not look like anything we've seen to date. But it will be a fair process free of back and forth deal cutting by whatever political party is in the majority.
1. Continue to provide the high level of constituent services that our residents are accustomed to and demand. We have outstanding, talented and committed employees who work very hard on your behalf to deliver these services. Veterans Affairs, Public Safety, Solid Waste and Recycling, Economic Development, Public Defender, Corrections, Library System and Voter Registration & Election Departments are under my individual Oversight. 2. Continue working together with my fellow Commissioners and elected officials throughout the County to get things done. We do not play partisan politics - we know that we are more successful when working together in a cooperative manner. 3. Continue to support infrastructure and transportation upgrades while also creating safe, walkable communities for our residents and their children to enjoy. Open space is important as once that land is gone - it's gone forever.