Warwick grad favored to be county’s first female DA

By on May 22, 2019

Clarification:    Herbert Moss ‘Hobie’ Crystle’s is the full name of the Democratic DA candidate

About 13% of eligible voters turn out in Tuesday’s primary election

By Patrick Burns


To the surprise of nobody, Tuesday’s primary election was a dud in terms of voter turnout.

Despite a beautiful day, only about 13% of registered voters in the county cast votes in an election that featured almost no contested races.

That broke down as 14% of GOP voters turned out along with just over 11% of the Democrat voters on Tuesday.

Heather Adams — a Lititz native and Warwick High School graduate — moved on to what might be the most interesting competitions in November’s general election.

Adam’s primary “win” Tuesday on an unopposed GOP ballot for Lancaster County District Attorney moves her one step closer to becoming Lancaster County’s first top cop.

She’ll face Herbert Moss ‘Hobie’ Crystle, 56, the unopposed Democrat winner on Tuesday’s DA primary ballot.

Adams will be a heavy favorite in the GOP-dominated county to succeed the present DA, Craig Stedman, who on Tuesday won on an unopposed GOP ballot for common pleas court judge.

Heather Adams, outside the Warwick Township municipal building, officially became the GOP candidate for Lancaster County District Attorney after winning Tuesday’s primary election.

In fact, Crystle, a Lancaster-based attorney, now kicks off his campaign to become Lancaster County’s first Democratic DA.

The 300-member Republican Committee of Lancaster County endorsed Adams as its preferred candidate in March as she bested Assistant DA Karen Mansfield.

Previously, prosecutor Mark Fetterman, who had earned the most votes in the informal RCLC straw polls, withdrew from consideration for the committee’s endorsement.

Her RCLC endorsement cleared the way for her to run unopposed on the GOP primary ballot and put her in a most favorable position heading toward November.

“I think everyone respected the endorsement of the Republican Committee,” she said outside the polls at the Warwick Township municipal building, with her husband John Brumbaugh.

Adams, a Millersville graduate, former state and county prosecutor, and now an attorney with a private Lancaster-based firm, said her focus deepened when Crystle became a late entry as a DA candidate in April.

Poll workers at the Lititz Library said traffic was “very, very dead tonight.”

Voter turnout was about as expected in the primary election Tuesday. There was slow traffic at the Millport Conservancy poll above.

“Since learning that (Crystle) entered the race, we’ve been focused long-term — toward the general election — trying to get my background, my experience out there to make sure people know I’m qualified.”

Adams, who worked 12 years in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office and spent more than three years as a prosecutor in the York County DA’s office, said she’ll offer a fresh perspective.
She left the AG’s office — where she worked with two-term Attorney General Tom Corbett — shortly after having the couple’s first son Tucker seven years ago.

That move also coincided with the 2013 election of AG Kathleen Kane who lost her law license a few months after she began a jail sentence for perjury, obstruction and other counts in 2016.

Adams joined the Lancaster City firm, Pyfer Reese Straub Gray and Farhat in March 2013, where she has concentrated her practice on criminal defense and has become a highly rated defense attorney in that time.

She said she noticed a change “and saw some of the writing on the wall” when Kane took over as AG. Adams was gone just over a year later.

“I left for two reasons,” she said. “First I had my son and we moved back to Lititz when he was only a couple months old.”

Also the prospects of leaving Kane’s office to work for Pyfer Reese Straub Gray and Farhat was appealing to Adams.

“It’s a really reputable firm that’s got me back to where I want to be,” she said.

Following her victory Tuesday night, Adams said she celebrated with her husband and Tucker.

“Thanks,” she told her followers.”

“I am honored to be the endorsed candidate for District Attorney and I’m looking forward to making my background, experience and vision for the DA’s office known to even more voters in the coming months,” Adams said.

Primary results

Warwick Supervisor Andy Spade will be on the GOP ballot for county prothonotary vs. Democrat primary winner Dan Phillips.

Democrat winners for five four-year terms on Warwick School Board were: Anne Pyle, Lynn Stover, Deborah Ehleiter, David Morgan and Scott Althouse,

Republican winners for school board included three incumbents, Nelson Peters, Todd Rucci, Leslie Penkunas, Lisa Miller, and C. Edward Browne

On Lititz Borough Council GOP included three incumbent winners Scott Hain, from the borough’s Ward One; Shane Weaver, from Ward Two; and Andy Greiner, Ward Three.

David R. Brubaker won the Democratic ballot seeking to represent the 1st Ward on Lititz Borough Council.

Democrat Candidates who’ll move on to the November General Election for Warwick Township Board of Supervisors include Marcello Medini and George F. Sayles.

GOP winners for Warwick Township Board of Supervisors are Kelly Gutshall, and incumbent Herb Flosdorf, who is seeking his third, six-year term on the board.
Other GOP winners moving on to the general election are Elizabeth Township Supervisor Rodney May, Cindy Myers for Lititz Tax Collector; Brandon Judy, for a six-year term as Warwick Township auditor; Theresa Diehl for Elizabeth Township auditor.

Loren Miller, currently the township administrator, ran unopposed for Elizabeth Township tax collector.

GOP winners for two GOP spots superior court judge, ware Megan McCarthy King from Chester County; and Christylee Peck from Cumberland County.

On the Democrat side, Daniel D. McCaffery and Amanda Green-Hawkins Democrats earned spots superior court judge on the 2019 Primary Ballot

The list of candidates endorsed at the Lancaster County Democratic Convention includes several local candidates.

GOP winners on Tuesday included two in the contested Lancaster County commissioner race : Josh Parsons and Ray D’Agostino. Democratic incumbent Craig Lehman was unopposed and will appear on the November ballot.

In another county ballot, Anne L. Cooper won the GOP nomination for Lancaster County register of wills.

Patrick Burns is news editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at (717) 721-4455. 

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