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Democrats Flip Pennsylvania County for First Time in 100 Years

Democrats gained control of one Pennsylvania county’s Board of Commissioners for the first time in 100 years following the concession of the incumbent Republican commissioner on Monday.

After a tight race for Dauphin County’s Board of Commissioners in Pennsylvania, the board’s incumbent vice chairman Chad Saylor announced on Monday he would concede to Democratic challenger Justin Douglas, congratulating his opponent in a statement online.

“The county commissioner election is close, but the outcome is now clear. I congratulate Justin Douglas on his victory and wish him all the best as he becomes the new Dauphin County Commissioner in January,” Saylor wrote in a statement posted to the county’s Facebook page.

Saylor called his time on the board the “most rewarding” experience of his career and said the remainder of his term will focus on adopting a county budget.

Unofficial election results as of Monday showed Douglas had just a 55-vote lead over Saylor, a difference of .05 percent of the total vote.

Incumbent commissioners George Hartwick, a Democrat, and board chairman Mike Pries, a Republican, both won reelection to their seats, each garnering about 27 percent of the vote for the three-person vote.

Republicans have controlled Dauphin County’s board of commissioners since 1919, according to

Saylor was appointed to the board in June 2021 to fill the term of former commissioner Jeff Haste. Prior to his time on the board, Saylor spent more than 30 years in government and political at the state and local levels, according to Dauphin County’s website.

Douglas on Monday referenced Saylor’s concession in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, where he reposted news of the concession and wrote, “Happy Monday.”

The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reported Douglas is a pastor living in Conwego Township with his wife and three children.

He has reportedly worked with the unhoused population, LGBTQ individuals and those dealing with poverty and has pledged to focus on the county’s corrections system, mental health care services and workforce if elected, according to the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

  • Verneoz says:

    More than likely the Democrats bussed a few bus loads of paid voters from Philadelphia to fill out ballots. Pennsylvania has thousands of invalid voters on its state voter registers. A recipe for fraud.

  • Charles says:

    Just like the National and State Republican parties, the local county party takes too many things for granted. They are fine with the status quo and do not make any efforts to get out the vote. The Repub party from the local level on up needs major changes to become effective.

  • Rick says:

    Just rename PA…”New York South”. I grew up in PA, but common sense is gone. Glad I moved out of PA a long time ago. Mayor Adams of NYC will be busing all of his overflow migrants to PA shortly.

  • frank says:

    wondering how many “dead” voted in this one…. people will regret this once their area becomes a third world mecca

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