A forum to hear from the candidates for Paul Schemel’s seat will be held April 5

Pennsylvania Representative Paul Schemel announced that he would not be seeking reelection for his PA House seat this year representing the 90th Legislative District which includes Waynesboro, Greencastle, Mercersburg and Mont Alto boroughs and Washington, Quincy, Antrim, Peters, Montgomery and Warren townships. 

Two potential candidates have stepped up to make a run for the seat. 

One is Janon “Jay” Gray, a Greencastle-Antrim School Board member, and the other is Chad Reichard, the planning and zoning officer for Washington Township. 

A forum to hear from both of those gentlemen will be held at the Waynesboro Country Club on April 5. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Both candidates have agreed to attend and participate and there’s going to be a Q & A pre-formatted from the moderator. There will also be Q&A from the audience, which is always where I think these things are interesting. The public can show up, get on their feet, ask questions of the candidates and see how the candidates answer.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “This is going to be key. I think we have two, and full disclosure these are both friends of mine, Janon Gray and Chad Reichard and I think they’re both wonderful young men, either one of them would bring great things to the office, and I think be good Reps. This will be a good opportunity to see how they handle things on their feet, to see what their positions might be or how similar or how different. How in depth they seem to understand the situation. I think it’s a great opportunity, especially for people like me, who like both of these guys to try and make a discernment about who I’m going to fill in when I go to the voting polls.” 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “Let’s see a little bit of tangle. I’m all for people making a stand and putting forth their passion into the situation as well. Have you gone to Harrisburg? What is happening in the hallways of Harrisburg? Have you ever seen some sessions? Have you actually talked to Paul, how about that? If Paul would field that call and I don’t know if he necessarily would.”

Jansen suggested, “He doesn’t want to put his finger on the scale, which I very much appreciate.” 

Barkdoll noted, “Those are the only two field candidates for that office, which frankly surprises me, not to take anything away from those two guys. Historically, when there’s been an open seat, you might see four or five, six candidates run for these offices. So it’s interesting that it’s only going to be those two. To your point, Pat, I agree. In the context of these forums, let’s see them get into some of the tough issues and let’s see him debate. Maybe they have different opinions on how certain things should be done. That’s healthy. That’s what voters should see and I think that’s what you’ll see there in a couple of weeks.”

Ryan pointed out, “You better know your issues too. Because if Jansen’s going to be up there, you better get your DEI, CRT, RGGI and all the rest of those things. You better scrub up buddies.”