This year’s municipal primary election will be held Tuesday, May 16. Here’s a look at the organizational endorsements in the Democratic and Republican primaries for county commissioner.

The list of organizational endorsements in the Democratic race is rather short. The Lebanon County Democratic Committee did not make any endorsements in this year’s primary. All three Democratic candidates – Diana Carpenter, Jo Ellen Litz, and Michael Schroeder – said they did not receive any organizational endorsements in the lead-up to the primary.

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In the Republican primary, the Lebanon County Republican Committee endorsed the joint-ticket of Bill Bering Jr. and Bob Phillips.

“Bob and Bill bring a unique combination of experience and energy to the county commissioners race that we have not seen for many years in Lebanon County,” said committee chair Bill Bova in a statement. “Their conservative vision for the future of Lebanon County resonated tremendously with committee members, as it will with Republican voters on Primary Election Day, May 16.”

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The Phillips-Bering campaign was also endorsed by the Lebanon County Young Republicans.

“Bill has been an active member of the Young Republicans for many years, and Bob has always been supportive of the organization,” said Young Republicans chair Alex Gamble in a statement. “We are looking forward to helping with their campaign and believe they are the best candidates to lead the county.”

Sharon Zook did not receive any official endorsements, although she did forward an announcement of her candidacy that was sent by the Lebanon County Builders Association.

Mike Kuhn was endorsed by the Lebanon County Association of Realtors’ legislative committee.

“Kuhn is a strong supporter of private property rights and understands the value and importance of homeownership in Lebanon County,” said the local Realtors representatives in a statement announcing their endorsement.

Kuhn was also endorsed by Pennsylvanians for Freedom, a 501(c)4 organization dedicated to supporting constitutional conservative candidates.

“Mike Kuhn has dedicated his life to serving the people of Lebanon County,” said organization founder Rachel Moyer in a statement announcing the endorsement. “That service continued when he was named to fill out the Lebanon County Commissioner term after Bill Ames’s passing.”

Kuhn noted that the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Political Action Committee also gave him the designation “pro-life.”

“We thank him for his support for common sense measures, such as a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion,” said PAC director Maria Gallagher in a statement. “And we appreciate his commitment to protecting the most vulnerable among us.”

Bering said that the Phillips-Bering campaign also received the highest rating from the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.

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Davis Shaver is the publisher of LebTown. He grew up in Lebanon and currently lives outside of Hershey, PA.

James Mentzer is a freelance writer whose published works include the books Pennsylvania Manufacturing: Alive and Well; Bucks County: A Snapshot in Time; United States Merchant Marine Academy: In Service to the Nation 1943-2018; A Century of Excellence: Spring Brook Country Club 1921-2021; Lancaster...


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