Michael Regan said he will be making more house visits between now and November in his bid to win the 92nd House District seat left vacant by state Rep. Scott Perry.
Regan, 50, of Carroll Township, defeated competitors to win the Republican primary Tuesday and will face Democrat Chuck Comrey of Dillsburg in November. Comrey ran unopposed in the Democrat primary.
Regan said he visited residents at thousands of homes to secure primary votes and will do the same for the general election.
"I went out and worked really hard, relentlessly talking to voters," said Regan, who resigned as the state's deputy inspector general. "We'll do our best getting my message out."
On Tuesday, Regan received a total of 3,265 votes from York and Cumberland counties. Of that amount, 721 were from York County. His nearest competitors were Scott Derr, 45, a Carroll Township resident and independent contractor with Comprehensive Financial Associates, and Anthony Pugliese, 25, of Fairview Township.
Derr received 1,892 votes. There were 1,884 votes for Pugliese, who had served as director of legislative affairs for the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development.
"I congratulate Mike on a well-thought out race and I would ask all my supporters to unify behind Mike and make sure he wins in the general election," Pugliese said.
Regan said that if he wins the seat 92nd House seat, he will keep the voters' priorities at the forefront of his legislative efforts.
"Taxpayers need relief from property taxes and small businesses need help," he said. "There's too much regulation and corporate taxes are too high."
Comrey, who has been a firefighter in the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire since 1990, said he will work to restore funding to public education. He said he also would encourage fellow legislators to review the state's Public School Employees' Retirement System.
"The program was not funded properly from the beginning," Comrey said. "I don't think it's fair for the state to require the (school) districts to fully fund the system and then walk away from this. They helped create this (system) and they should help fund it."
The 92nd is made up of 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.
Perry left the 92nd seat open to run for the 4th Congressional District. He won the Republican primary for that seat on Tuesday.
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