Sen. Folmer to run for re-election in 2018


State Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon County, plans to run for re-election in 2018, according to a news release from his office.

State Sen. Mike Folmer sat for an interview in 2014, at The York Dispatch offices. He represents the 48th Senate District.

Folmer is in his third term serving the state's 48th Senatorial District, which includes all of Lebanon County and parts of Dauphin and York counties.

Folmer pointed out in the release that his decision to run for re-election is contradictory to his "Promise to Pennsylvania" legislative agenda, which proposes 12-year term limits for elected state officials. By 2018, Folmer will have been in office 12 years.

"However, countless people have asked me to consider another term, and after the successes I had during the last legislative session, I realized another four years would build upon this work while giving me more time to complete other important initiatives," he said in the release.

Folmer is perhaps best known for working with Democratic Sen. Daylin Leach on a bill to establish a state medical cannabis program. The bill was passed into law as Act 16 in April.

The release lists other issues Folmer is passionate about working on, including eliminating school property taxes, reducing government spending and election reforms.