Dem, Republican newcomers join Kantz in Snyder

Republican candidates for Snyder County commissioner Joe Kantz and Charles Steininger, along with Steininger's wife, Bobbi, look at election results while inside Isabella's in Selinsgrove on Tuesday.

Democrat Adam Ewig and Republican Chuck Steininger will serve the next four years on the Snyder County Board with incumbent Republican Commissioner Joe Kantz after winning election Tuesday.

Kantz, a three-term commissioner, was the highest vote-getter with 4,744 votes, according to the unofficial results. Steininger received 4,565 votes followed by 1,998 votes for Ewig. 

Democrat Mary Bannon, of Selinsgrove, fell short with 1,641 votes.

"I look forward to hitting the ground running," said Ewig, of McClure. 

"I'm just really humbled," said Kantz who was surprised by the more than 4,700 votes he received despite the low voter turnout of about 32 percent. "It tells me the burden I bear just got bigger. A lot of people trust me to do the job of cutting wasteful spending."

Steininger, a newcomer to politics who also received more than 4,000 votes, said he's excited to take on the job.

"I look forward to moving the county forward and doing the best I can," he said.

They were joined at their victory celebration by U.S. Congressman Fred Keller who was traveling through the Valley in support of Republican candidates.

"These are great guys who I've known for quite a few years," he said.

Ewig, who is currently the mayor of McClure, said he will step down from his job at the county 911 center in January when he takes the commissioner position that will pay $66,371 in 2020.

Kantz, of Selinsgrove, is employed at North Shore Railroad as a business and development manager, and Steininger, of Kratzerville, owns and operates Steininger Laundry and Drycleaning.

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