A Monday evening debate will feature the four Republican candidates vying for a new House seat coming to southwestern York County through redistricting.
The York County Republican Club will host the debate for the 169th House District at 7 p.m. March 24 at the Hanover Elks Lodge No. 763, 47 North Forney Ave. in Hanover.
All four candidates on the ballot for the May 20 primary are Republicans, as a Democrat has not announced candidacy. Contenders are semi-retired business owner Gene Montanarelli of Shrewsbury Township, attorney Kate Klunk of Hanover, West Manheim Township supervisor Marc Woerner, and former firefighter Leroy Wentz of Hanover.
The moderator for the event will be Gary Laird, President of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce.
The new district is moving from Philadelphia to the Hanover area because of growth in the most recent census. The 169th 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.
The seat is currently filled by Edward Neilson, a Democrat who lives in Philadelphia and is not eligible for re-election because he lives outside the district. The seat could soon be completely vacant, as Neilson was nominated earlier this month to run in a May 20 special election for a city council seat.
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