The Incumbents

Jerry Laffin and Rick Muhlenkamp

The Challengers

Andy S
Andy Schwieterman and Theresa Howick

(2-19-20) This March in the local primary election Mercer County Republicans will decide who will be their County Commissioners candidates, the winners will advance to the November 3rd general election.

  • Incumbent Jerry Laffin vs. Challenger Andy Schwieterman

In November the winner will face Democratic candidate Don Holtvoigt, who is running unopposed in the primary.

Laffin is 81 and serving in his 10th term as Commissioner, Schweiterman is 36 and is the current chairman of the soil and water conservation board. Both have been involved in farming.

  • Incumbent Rick  Muhlenkamp vs. Challenger Theresa A. Howick 

The winner will be unopposed in general election since no Democrat filed.

Muhlenkamp is 57 and serving in his term as county commissioner, Howick is 58 and vice chairwoman of the Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation Board.

All four candidates have farming in their backgrounds, would you rather see a non-farmer run for commissioner? Two are newcomers to the political challenge, while the incumbents have been in place for consecutive terms. One primary race will decide who will be the commissioner, while the other will face a Democratic challenge.

Will this race for commissioner get you to the ballot box or will the Presidential primary be the reason for voting in March?

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