Kevin Schreiber
Kevin Schreiber (submitted)

Creating a stronger education system and keeping small communities economically competitive in Pennsylvania will be among Kevin Schreiber's top priorities if the York City director of economic development succeeds former state Rep. Eugene DePasquale.

"I've spent the better part of seven years working for York, trying to better our community, and I've been a first-hand witness to challenges our community faces. My hope is to take that knowledge, and relationships I've built, to the state level," Schreiber said.

Schreiber, a 32-year-old city resident, will face off against Republican Bryan Tate and Green Party candidate Bill Swartz in a special election May 21 for the State House seat left vacant in January, when DePasquale became Pennsylvania's auditor general.

DePasquale called Schreiber a "great candidate" who would make a "great representative."

"I think Kevin is incredibly well-qualified," he said.

Race: All registered voters in the 95th District will be able to vote in the special election, said Bob Kefauver, chairman of the Democratic Party of York County.

Despite the heavily Democratic makeup of the 95th District, which covers York City, North York, West York, Spring Garden Township and part of West Manchester Township, Kefauver said he isn't expecting an easily winnable race.

"This is not going to be a gimme race," he said. "We're not sitting back on this."

But Kefauver said he's sure that Schreiber will be best candidate to represent Democrats on the ballot.

"I feel that Kevin will make a excellent legislator," Kefauver said. "I know his work ethic."

Forum: In a news release, Schreiber said he's been "overwhelmed by the support and encouragement" he's received from family, friends and York County officials in pursuing the post.

"Eugene DePasquale has done an excellent job representing our district, and I would be honored to serve, following in his footsteps. I will proceed with my due diligence to ensure I am fully prepared to hit the ground running on behalf of our people of the 95th," Schreiber said.

Kefauver said he's working to keep the election process transparent and encourages residents of the 95th to vote.

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