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A new Lancaster County commissioner is expected to be chosen on Friday, following public talks with the 13 Democratic candidates vying to replace former Democratic commissioner Craig Lehman, who resigned a month ago.

Applicants will be interviewed individually by the county’s 13 Court of Common Pleas judges, and the interviews will be broadcast live from the Lancaster County Courthouse beginning at 1 p.m.

After the 15-minute interviews, the judges will begin deliberating over who should fill the vacancy created by Lehman’s resignation, presiding judge David Ashworth said earlier this week.

No public presence is permitted in the courtroom for “space, security and health reasons”, according to a press release. Instead, audiences can tune in through YouTube, which is embedded below.

The justices are required to appoint a Democrat to fill the seat, as state law reserves one of the seats on the board of commissioners for a representative of a minority party and the other two commissioners – Ray D’Agostino and Josh Parsons – are both Republicans.

Each candidate will be asked to pledge not to run again in 2023, to ensure that no candidate gets a head start on the campaign trail that year.

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Learn more about the 11 men and two women who ran to be Lancaster County’s next Democratic County Commissioner here.

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