The 169th House District doesn't exist yet -- at least not in York County -- but a township supervisor is the first candidate to announce a campaign for the seat when it's created through redistricting on Dec. 1, 2014.
The district is being moved from Philadelphia, where population decreased, to the growing area around Hanover and southern York County. A crowd of Republican and Democratic candidates had planned to run for the newly created district last year, but they had to abort their campaigns as a legal battle played out over the district boundaries.
So this is the second time West Manheim Township Supervisor Marc Woerner has announced his candidacy for the seat.
A Republican, the 42-year-old has worked for A&S Kinard Trucking since 2005. He said the new seat is a chance for York County voters "to send a conservative to Harrisburg to fight for leaner government, lower taxes and liberty."
He said his priorities would be creating "good-paying" jobs, eliminating property taxes, reforming the public pension system, lowering the tax burden on businesses, and reducing the size and scope of government.
If elected, he would support term limits, imposing a five-term limit on himself, he said, and he would also refuse the state pension and pay raises.
Woerner has been a township supervisor since 2010, he said.
Background: The Hanover area is currently part of the 193rd state House District -- which includes Penn Township, Hanover and parts of Adams County -- and is represented by Rep. Will Tallman, R-York and Adams counties.
The 193rd will be moved entirely out of York County, and a new representative must be elected for the 169th, which will include Codorus, Heidelberg, Manheim, Penn, Shrewsbury and West Manheim townships and the boroughs of Glen Rock, Hanover, Jefferson, New Freedom and Railroad. The district will have a population of about 62,800, according to the state.
Candidates for the new seat will be elected during the 2014 primary and general elections and take seat in 2015.
No other Republicans have announced candidacy for the seat, said Bob Wilson, chairman of the York County Republican Committee. Nor have any Democrats, said Bob Kefauver, who chairs the Democratic Party of York County.
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