Chris Dietz Announces Run for 104th State Rep Seat

Chris Dietz announces run for General Assembly

2011 FAB award honoree

Dauphin County resident and Millersburg Borough Council president Chris Dietz announced Dec. 14 his candidacy for the 104th district of the Pa. House of Representatives.

He will run in the May 2012 Primary Election followed by the November General Election.

Following a contentious redistricting statewide, the newly drawn map of the 104th House district includes the boroughs of Dauphin, Halifax, Millersburg and Penbrook and the townships of East Hanover (in Dauphin and Lebanon Counties), Halifax, Jefferson, Middle Paxton, North Annville, Reed, Rush, Susquehanna, Upper Paxton, Wayne, and Wards 4 and 7 in Swatara.

Dietz tells Central Voice the voter registration for the new 104th approximates that of the old district. President Obama carried 49% of the old district’s vote. US Senator Robert Casey and his US House counterpart Congressman Tim Holden carried about 50% of the vote in their last election cycle. “It’s a swing district in play,” Dietz said.

A 2011 FAB award honoree for service to the region’s LGB T community, Dietz is a proponent of eco-tourism and government reformer.

Why run?

“Local family sustaining jobs, legislative reform, quality public education, and conservation are very important to my friends and neighbors,” Dietz said. “At a time when state government should be helping citizens, our legislature is more disconnected than ever from the common citizen. The legislature’s automatic pay raises are not reflective of stagnant wages and high rates of unemployment in the private sector,” Dietz said. “It is time for our state government to reaffirm its commitment to making Pennsylvania the best state in which to live, work, play, and raise a family.”

Diane Bowman, president of the Susquehanna Township Commissioners and former chair of the Dauphin County Democratic Committee will chair Dietz’s campaign. Dietz has, Bowman says, “what it takes to advocate for those community-minded values from inside the General Assembly.”

Dietz is one of three known and out candidates running for seats in the state house. Pa. State Rep. Babette Josephs faces a challenge for her 182nd District seat from Philadelphia attorney Brian Sims, who last election cycle served as her campaign finance chair.

Josh Young, a Caln Township commissioner in Chester County is also running for a newly created House seat in that county that was formed due to population growth. Map makers removed one seat in Allegheny County where population had been declining.


Chris Dietz Bio
Chris Dietz is graduated from West Perry High School and a 1999 Penn State Mechanical Engineering graduate (B.S.). He cites his membership in community groups, including the Boy Scouts of America and church youth groups, as having instilled in him a sense of public service. Part of the Millersburg Bicentennial Celebration, he worked with others to raise more than $300,000 to support the event. Dietz co-founded the Tour de Millersburg cycling race as a component of the Bicentennial, and has served as president of the Tour for three years raising $25,000 in proceeds for community non-profit groups. Dietz and his partner Alexander Reber enjoy getting to know their community and spending time with Chris’s cat Chief.


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