Long-time activist and CD school board member announces plans to run for Dauphin County Controller

  • Feb 22, 2021
  • PennLive.Com

Activist Eric Epstein, who chairs the nuclear energy watchdog group Three Mile Island Alert Inc. and co-founded a government reform group, says he wants to become Dauphin County’s next county controller

Epstein, who serves on the Central Dauphin School Board, said he plans to seek the Democratic party nomination in the May 18 primary election.

“As County Controller, I will use my skill sets developed as a public interest advocate to procure fair and competitive contracts for the residents of Dauphin County,” Epstein said. “I am committed to honesty, fairness, and transparency, regardless of your party or pocketbook.”

Elected to the Central Dauphin School Board in 2013, Epstein said by initiating the use of competitive pricing and rebates, he saved taxpayers $1.6 million from drug companies; and by advocating for more competitive bidding in energy and technology procurements, he said he saved the district more than $300,000.

Co-founder of Rock the Capital, a nonpartisan, “good government” organization, Epstein has been working to hold lawmakers accountable since 2005 when they voted themselves a controversial pay raise. He’s worked to bring attention to government abuse and waste at agencies that he said include Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, and the Turnpike Commission.

He also has served as chairman and spokesman for Three Mile Island Alert, Inc., a safe-energy organization, and a chairman of Stray Winds Area Neighbors, a smart-growth organization based in Lower Paxton Township from 2005-2018. The group preserved open space, increased the tax base and obtained funding for Route 39 and 743 Corridor Study, he said.

He said he’s also helped efforts to clean up PCBs from gas transmission sites, remove toxic waste from the Harrisburg Incinerator, and prevented the siting of a low-level radioactive waste dump in the state.