With the Republican nomination in hand, incumbent State Rep. Seth Grove is preparing to hold the 196th House District seat for a fourth term. Grove, R-Dover Township, won the nomination against challenger Elizabeth Roberts of Dover.
He received more than 61 percent of the votes, tallying 2,404 votes while Roberts got 1,483.
Grove, 34, is seeking his fourth term as a legislator, while Roberts, 46, ran for the seat for the first time.
With no Democrats in the race, a Republican primary victory for either candidate all but assures a win in November, barring a write-in campaign by a challenger.
Grove said he'll return to work Wednesday and continue his efforts for pension and tax reforms to minimize financial liabilities on taxpayers.
Grove said he also will strongly encourage the state senate to vote on his House Bill 1189, which gives each school district the choice to move away from property tax to income tax and other taxes for funding.
He said that receiving the Republican nomination means voters understand and appreciate the work he's been doing while in office.
"People need and want real leadership, not just talk," Grove said. "(Voters) showed they appreciate my leadership, my willingness to tackle tough topics with out-of-the-box solutions."
Roberts could not be reached for comment.
Property tax reform was the main issue of their campaigns. Grove championed his House Bill 1189, but Roberts, a former charter school teacher, does not support the measure. She supports House Bill 76, which would eliminate school property taxes and replace the revenue with a combination of funding from income and sales and use taxes.
Roberts also disagreed with Grove's vote in favor of the $2.3 billion transportation bill paid for by increased motorist fines, fees and a gas tax that made its way down to drivers in the state. She called the bill "another blow to taxpayers."
However, Grove said his vote helped the state generate funds needed for completing infrastructure work, including fixing bridges and roads, and helped provide jobs for residents working in the construction industry.
"Our infrastructure is in horrible shape," he said. "We need to do more projects, take care of congestion, help people move faster and better. A lot of residents are in the construction industry, and I wanted to get them back to work. The (state) didn't have enough money to fund the transportation issue."
The 196th District seat covers Dover, Jackson, North Codorus and Paradise townships, part of West Manchester Township and the boroughs of Dover, Spring Grove and New Salem.
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