A unanimous vote behind closed doors made it official.
Local Republicans have chosen Bryan Tate as their guy to represent York City, North York, West York, Spring Garden Township and part of West Manchester Township in the state House.
The 45-year-old York City man held a mini press conference after the private vote, which party officials described as standard procedure dictated by committee bylaws.
A 23-year resident of the city and former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Todd Platts, Tate is known as a passionate advocate of the city.
"No matter who he's worked for over the years, it's always been, "York City, York City," State Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township, said of Tate after the vote.
Saylor said he believes Tate is the leader York City needs.
"He is a fighter. He is a hard worker, and he is very dedicated," Saylor said.
As a representative, Tate said he would represent all municipalities in the 95th District as well as non-Republicans.
"I'm thrilled to be able to represent all Yorkers," he said.
Tate, whose current job is vice president of philanthropy at the York County Community Foundation, called York "the center of attention when it comes to our nation's conversation about its beginning."
Every American, he said, has a connection to York.
Bob Wilson, chairman of the York County Republican Committee, said Tate's candidacy is "a serious run."
"I intend to win this race, plain and simple," Wilson said.
The 95th District was left vacant earlier this month when former Rep. Eugene DePasquale resigned his House seat to serve as the state's auditor general.
Tate will likely face 32-year-old Kevin Schreiber, York City's director of economic and community development and Democrats' presumptive nominee.
The Democratic Party of York County unanimously chose Schreiber on Wednesday. But the final decision is left to the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, which will vote Feb. 9 whether to grant Schreiber ballot access.
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