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Representative faces democratic opposition

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:35 am

by Colston Newton

After getting a pass in 2015, Del. Margaret Ransone, R-Westmoreland, will face a Democrat in the coming November general election. The only question at this point is who it will be. Two Democrats are contending for the party’s nomination.

Francis Edwards of Lancaster County and Vivian Messner of Westmoreland County have both filed to run for the Democratic nomination in the party’s June 13 primary election. It is the first time either have run for public office.

Edwards, who was born in England and is a naturalized citizen, earned degrees in engineering and business administration at Cambridge University. He is a retired Chief Executive Officer of QVC, Germany, where he built the cable television sales company’s German operation. QVC telecasts reach 350 million households.

Edwards and his Gloucester born wife, moved to Lancaster in 2001. There , he has engaged in consulting. At 60, he took up running and has participated in marathons. He and his wife are involved with the Animal Welfare League and the Free Health Clinic.


Pick up a copy of the April 19 edition of the Northumberland Echo to read the full story