Kristin Phillips-Hill nabbed the Republican nomination for the 93rd state House District Seat in a tight race against Ernie Merisotis.
With no Democrats in the race, Phillips-Hill's victory all but assures a win in November, barring a write-in campaign by a challenger.
On Tuesday, Phillips-Hill received 2,559 or about 53 percent of the votes, compared to 2,226 votes for Merisotis. There were 16 write-in votes, bringing the district election total to 4,801 votes.
Both Phillips-Hill, 48, and Merisotis, 50, are York Township residents. Prior to starting her campaign, Phillips-Hill, also a Dallastown School Board member, worked as a part-time aide in the district office of state Rep. Ron Miller, who is vacating the 93rd seat after serving eight terms.
She said she will resign from the school board in November. The board will find a new member through an application process, she said.
Getting the Republican nomination means voters appreciated her efforts to improve their community, Phillips-Hill said.
"I think that they recognize that I have the knowledge and the passion and the determination, work ethic and the conservative values to end business as usual in Harrisburg," she added.
Merisotis did not return calls for comment.
Merisotis, a U.S. Army veteran and local trucking company safety trainer, unsuccessfully ran for the 93rd House seat in 2010 and 2012.
In their campaigns, both Phillips-Hill and Merisotis called for property tax reform and supported House Bill 76, which would eliminate all school property taxes and replace the revenue with a combination of funding from income and sales and use taxes.
However, Phillips-Hill said she supports House Bill 76 as a "good start" to property tax reform, but the state also needs pension and school funding reforms, as well as the elimination of unfunded state-mandated school programs.
Both candidates said they would not take a pension if they are elected, but they differed on how long they would choose to serve.
Merisotis, a member of the tea party group 912 Patriots, did not determine a limit for himself.
Phillips-Hill said she plans to limit her service to five two-year terms if elected.
The 93rd District covers East Hopewell, Fawn, Hopewell, North Hopewell, Springfield and York townships and the boroughs of Cross Roads, Dallastown, Fawn Grove, Jacobus, Loganville, Seven Valleys, Shrewsbury, Stewartstown, Winterstown and Yoe.
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