The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 28, 2010

GOP field for 107th now at 2

COAL TOWNSHIP — A second Republican has entered the race for retiring state Rep. Robert Belfanti Jr.’s seat.

Coal Township resident Michael “Lance” Engle, a local businessman, has announced his candidacy for the state’s 107th Legislative District.

“I am vying for the opportunity to represent this great community,” Engle said. “Our local community deserves to have exceptional representation, and I would like to give the people a candidate they can believe in.”

Engle, 23, works with local title company Madison Settlements, and has been an entrepreneur from a young age, working construction, starting a custom computer company and having a hand in developing a bottled water company.

“I understand what it means to conserve in a tight economy, as a state we have been spending as if we have an endless reserve. I want to have a hand in bringing the kind of change to Harrisburg that would allow us to have a budget surplus instead of a deficit.”

Engle graduated from Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, and attended La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif. He lives in Coal Township with his wife, Jordana. He donates to several local charities and also does rescue work for abandoned animals.

A newcomer to politics, Engle acknowledges that he does not have the background that so many politicians have, but sees it as a strength.

“I have seen the direction that our state and country are headed and I believe that it is too often a contradiction of our Constitution,” Engle said.

Also vying for the seat includes Republican Kurt Masser, 44, a second-term Northumberland County commissioner.

Democrats who have announced include: Myron Turlis, mayor of Kulpmont; Ted Yeager, an Elysburg resident, current real estate agent and retired teacher; and Geoge Zalar, Coal Township commissioner for 10 years.