Election 2017 is here already?

Greg Gross
David Sunday, chief deputy prosecutor for the York County District Attorney's Office, makes a point while appearing on a panel with York County Coroner Pam Gay during a public hearing "Heroin and Opioid Addiction, Treatment and Recovery" at the Yorktowne Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. The hearing was sponsored by Rural Pennsylvania, a legislative agency of the state general assembly. Bill Kalina phooto

How many times have you heard someone say, "When is this election going to be over? I'm tired of the campaign ads." Maybe you uttered the words yourself.

For anyone who holds that sentiment, I've got some bad news for you. The 2017 election season has started.

You read that correctly.

Even though the 2016 presidential election is still months away, the first of what's to be many candidates in the 2017 municipal election already came out of the woodwork.

York County chief deputy prosecutor Dave Sunday, a Republican, announced this week he's seeking to replace sitting District Attorney Tom Kearney. In the same news release announcing Sunday's candidacy, Kearney said he's holding himself to a 2009 campaign promise to not seek a third term and is throwing his support behind his anointed candidate, Sunday.

But Sunday isn't the first person in York County to announce an early announcement of a run for office.

State Rep. Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg, made the news in August 2015 when he announced he was running for an upgraded seat in the General Assembly — to represent the 31st Senate District.

Coincidentally, Regan's race is ongoing and will be decided in the upcoming Nov. 8 election.

To her credit, Pat Vance, the current seat holder in the 31st, declined to confirm rumors that she wasn't going to seek re-election when reached for comment about Regan running for her seat.

At the time, she said she'd make an announcement at the start of this year because the 2015 municipal election hadn't happened yet.

It's doubtful Sunday's announcement will overshadow the media-frenzied presidential candidates, or that Regan took the focus off the 2015 municipal election, which had a measly 17 percent voter turnout.

But it does beg the question: How soon is too soon for someone to announce their candidacy for office?

By the way, welcome to Parliamentary Procedure, a blog that will focus on happenings, some of which are offbeat, in local, state and national politics.

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