Smucker
Smucker

Republican Lloyd Smucker has retained his seat and plans to use it to push for job creation and education opportunities.

Smucker took home 56 percent of the vote, split between York and Lancaster counties. That included a decisive 61 percent victory in York County, with 13,758 votes compared to 8,656 for his Democratic opponent.

Smucker, 48, was first elected in 2010.

"We certainly ran an aggressive campaign," Smucker said, noting the "very strong support" in York County.

He represents a sliver of York County from Lower Chanceford Township to Springettsbury Township.

O'Brien, a 58-year-old Manheim Township resident, works as a buyer for the Rite-Aid Corp. O'Brien had tried to get Smucker to engage in a series of town hall debates before the election, but Smucker turned it down, saying he already regularly holds town meetings with his constituents.

Smucker said finding jobs and spending "a lot of time on education issues, trying to ensure every child in Pennsylvania has an opportunity for a quality education" are his priorities going forward. That includes any educational option, from public schools to charter and cyber schools.

- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com