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Denlinger shows ‘strong’ interest in Senate run
LUCY RICCOMINI Review Staff
, Staff Writer
Sen. Mike Brubaker announced June 3 that he will not seek a third term in the 2014 election and state Rep. of the 99th District, Gordon Denlinger, is showing interest in the soon-to-be-vacant spot.
"It is a statement of strong interest," Denlinger told the Review. "I am considering the open seat and am receiving a lot of encouragement to throw my hat into the race."
The 99th District includes the townships of Brecknock, Caernarvon, Earl, East Earl, Ephrata and Salisbury, as well as the boroughs of Ephrata, New Holland and Terre Hill. Denlinger, who was elected into the position in 2003, calls himself a conservative Republican with efforts focused on the creation and growth of small business and helping farmers. If elected to the Senate, he’ll focus primarily on the economy.
"I would seek to run a positive campaign and it would be centered on economic growth and job growth and a vision of opportunity for the next generation," said Denlinger.
He is also approaching his family, friends and community for their support and welcomes their feedback.
"This is a time when you talk to family and friends and consider what impacts the race will be on family," said Denlinger. "I’m also soliciting input from folks across the Ephrata community."
Primaries take place in May of 2014 with an election in November of that year for the start of the 2015 four-year term. If Denlinger decides he will run, he will make a formal announcement this fall.
He is also kicking around the idea of maintaining both his office in Ephrata and keeping Brubaker’s office in Lititz.
"Ephrata has been my homebase for a long time. I need time to think through it, but two offices might be needed."
In response to Denlinger running for Senate, Brubaker was hesitant to endorse anyone before the primary elections in May 2014.
"I believe that it’s not appropriate for a sitting elected official to endorse a person for the seat that they currently hold," said Brubaker.
"I have the utmost confidence that the voters will make the best decision and select whom they believe will best represent them," he added.
Denlinger graduated in 1985 from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., where he earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting. He is a certified public accountant and worked as a controller for Sharp Shopper, Inc. in Ephrata and as an assistant controller for Graco in Elverson before he took office.
He and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Narvon with their four children.
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