By Ed Mahon
Two Adams County residents received enough write-in votes in the primary to appear on the November general election ballot as Democratic candidates for the state General Assembly, based on vote totals provided by York, Adams and Franklin counties.
Mike Strausbaugh, 38, of Hamilton Township, Adams County, will compete against incumbent state Rep. Will Tallman, R-Reading Township, to represent the 193rd state House district -- which includes Hanover and Penn Township in York County and Adams County.
Bruce Neylon, 59, will compete against state Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Hamilton Township, to represent the 33rd state Senate district -- which includes all of Adams and Franklin counties, and parts of York County.
Write-in candidates in the primary have to receive at least 300 votes for the state House and at least 500 votes for the state Senate, said Ron Ruman, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Ruman said counties across the state began their official counts on Friday. Before those results are considered final, they have to be certified by the counties. Write-in candidates must then submit paperwork to the state.
Strausbaugh, who is a grinding operator for SKF USA, unsuccessfully challenged Tallman in the 2010 election. This year, he tried to get enough signatures to appear on the primary ballot.
He said he submitted nominating signatures to the Pennsylvania Department of State in February, but he said they were rejected because of what he described as a clerical error on his part.
Then he decided to run as a write-in candidate. He said he wants to eliminate automatic pay raises for state lawmakers. He supports the elimination of the property tax to fund schools.
"They're killing people in southcentral Pennsylvania," Strausbaugh said. "They absolutely punish the homeowner."
He wants schools to rely on statewide sales tax money instead.
Neylon, of Straban Township, Adams County, said he decided to run after he learned that Republicans were encouraging voters to select them for the Democratic nomination.
A computer programmer, Neylon said he wants the state lawmakers to formally study adopting a single-payer health care system and to increase funding for education.
"We have to invest in our future," said Neylon.
Voters sometimes write in unlikely candidates or fictional characters.
For President of the United States, York County Republican write-ins included: Anyone Else, Barack Obama, Chuck Norris, Herman Cain, Mickey Mouse, Power Rangers, Ronald Reagan and Todd Platts.
For President of the United States, York County Democratic write-ins included: A. Deficit Cutter, Anyone Else, Bart Simpson, Daffy Duck, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Mickey Mouse and Todd Platts.
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