Race for seat in Lancaster County turns away from policy

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | May 13, 2014 2:00 PM

(Lancaster) -- Two conservative Republicans are both giving up their state House seat in an effort to win election to the state Senate, but there's little policy differences between the two.


In fact, state Representatives Ryan Aument and Gordon Denlinger largely agree on many issues.

Representative Ryan Aument has tried to distinguish himself as the one who will fight and get results.

"I believe I've demonstrated that, I believe I've demonstrated that in the last 4 years in the House in the types of issues I've taken on.

His opponent, Representative Gordon Denlinger, turns the focus towards his experience as a certified public accountant.

"It helps me to know what individuals and businesses deal with in terms of the burden of government, that's in taxes and in regulatory areas."

Both are running for 36th state Senate district seat held by Republican Mike Brubaker, who is stepping down.

Denlinger has also touted his lack of an endorsement from the county G-O-P committee: "Running without the endorsement frees me in a certain way to be accountable to we the people. And I think that is the kind of fighting spirit that I think people are looking for."

Aument says he's a fighter too, but he gets results.

"Reform the culture of corruption that exists in Harrisburg. Reform our education system."

Aument's campaign has also questioned Denlinger's use of per diems and mileage reimbursements.

Denlinger says he's taken less than other of Lancaster County's state lawmakers.

The district includes much of northern Lancaster County, with communities like Ephrata, Lititz, Manheim and Mount Joy.

The primary is a week from today.

Wednesday on Morning Edition on WITF, Ben Allen will have a feature on this race.

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