It’s official: There are at least two Republicans seeking seats on the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners.
News that Scott Martin will not seek a third term as commissioner last week has sparked interest.
County clerk of courts Josh Parsons and Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership director Ray D’Agostino announced Wednesday they will seek the GOP endorsement for a spot on the board.
The decision by Martin is not a surprise to most involved in the local political scene. Rumors had been surfacing about potential candidates even before Martin made his plans official.
D’Agostino is a former township manager of West Lampeter and borough manager in Mount Joy. Before taking his current position, he spent a few months working as chief of staff for state Sen. Lloyd Smucker.
“I bring two decades of local, county and state government, as well as private sector leadership, experience which will allow me to hit the ground running on day one in office,” the 48-year-old West Lampeter Township resident stated in an email.
D’Agostino said that if he were elected his top priorities would include transportation, farmland preservation, county-owned facilities and social services.
Parsons, a resident of East Hempfield Township, has served as clerk of courts since taking over for Ryan Aument when Aument was elected to the state Legislature in 2010. Prior to holding elected office, he served as an assistant district attorney as a captain in the U.S. Army.
The 39-year-old said his "record of making government more efficient, more effective and less expensive" makes him the best candidate for the job.
“In my current office, with the help of others, we reduced an already lean department budget by a total of over 10 percent, while becoming more efficient through private sector business practices and technology,” he wrote in an email.
Parsons said — if elected — he would continue to protect taxpayers while reducing debt, fighting crime in a smart way and making county operations more efficient and effective.
County treasurer Craig Ebersole is also rumored to be considering a run.
Ebersole would not commit to a campaign when asked about a potential bid on Monday. He was prepared, however, to announce that he has decided not to seek a fourth term as county treasurer.
Those interested in seeking party endorsement have until Jan. 9 to declare their intentions.
Meanwhile, fellow GOP Commissioner Dennis Stuckey said Monday he is not prepared to disclose his own plans. He said he will decide later this month whether to seek a third term on the three-member board.
In commissioner contests, each party nominates two candidates in the spring primary election, and the top three voter-getters in the general election form the three-member board.
In heavily Republican Lancaster County, that generally has meant two Republicans and one Democrat on the board of commissioners.