Michael Regan knocked on a lot of doors the last few months.
During his grassroots campaign for the 92nd state House District, Regan said he met a lot of people desperate for property-tax reform - especially senior citizens living on fixed incomes.
"It seems like the number one issue is the property-tax issue," Regan said Tuesday night. "I think it's on the voters' minds."
So, when he heads to Harrisburg next year, Regan said he'll take that message with him.
The Carroll Township Republican was elected Tuesday to the state House seat that includes parts of Cumberland and York counties. In York County, the district includes Carroll, Fairview, Franklin, Monaghan, Newberry and Washington townships, plus Dillsburg, Franklintown, Goldsboro and Lewisberry.
Regan, 50, resigned as the state's deputy inspector general to run for the 92nd House District.
In the April primary, Regan prevailed in a field of five Republican hopefuls to succeed Rep. Scott Perry as the district's representative. Perry was elected Tuesday to the 4th Congressional District seat formerly held by Todd Platts.
Regan defeated Democrat Chuck Comrey, a Harrisburg firefighter who lives in Dillsburg.
Regan won 72 percent of the vote in York County, attracting 17,216 votes to 6,619 for Comrey. He got 70.2 percent of the vote in Cumberland County, winning 5,538 votes to 2,353.
In Harrisburg, Regan said he wants to work with other legislators who have been tackling the property-tax issue. He said he'd like to explore the possibility of state gaming revenue going to offset taxes for struggling homeowners.
No one should lose their home because of property taxes, Regan said.
"I just think that's un-American," he said.
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