The lone woman in a crowded field of Republican candidates earned a convincing victory Tuesday in the party's primary for the 169th state House District.
Kate Klunk earned more than 39 percent of 4,344 votes cast, according to unofficial results on York County's election website.
Klunk, a Hanover resident and private practice attorney, defeated three men who also sought the Republican nomination in the southern York County district.
"I feel fantastic," Klunk, 31, said Tuesday night. "It is just such an honor and such a humbling experience to have the trust of the Republican voters."
Klunk said she sees her nomination as indicative of a desire for change in the Hanover area.
"I think this area of the county was ready for some change, some positive, youthful energy," she said.
The runner-up, Leroy Wentz, received 1,299 votes — representing about 30 percent of the total.
Marc Woerner received 1,061 votes, and Gene Montanarelli got 272 votes.
Between now and the November election, Klunk said she will continue to knock on doors and meet voters — including the Democrats of the district.
"I look forward to that. I look forward to representing everyone of the 169th," she said.
Klunk said she wants to continue to hear from voters. If she wins the election in November, Klunk said she intends to "hit the ground running" in Harrisburg.
The 169th is a new district, having moved to York County from the Philadelphia area because of redistricting.
The new district covers Codorus, Heidelberg, Manheim, Penn, Shrewsbury and West Manheim townships and the boroughs of Glen Rock, Hanover, Jefferson, New Freedom and Railroad.
No Democrats sought their party's nomination for the seat in Tuesday's primary.
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