A hotly contested race in Springettsbury Township was decided by less than 100 votes, or less than a percent.

Republican Mark Swomley beat out Democrat Larry Crumling by a mere 69 votes, securing one of two open seats on the board of supervisors, according to unofficial results.

"It was down to the wire," Swomley said.

Crumling and Republican candidate Kathleen Phan were affiliated with a group that calls itself Operation Take Back Springettsbury Township.

Phan handedly lead the vote-count with 3,538 while Swomley received 2,257 votes and Crumling received 2,188, according to unofficial results.

Moving forward: With the election behind him, Swomley said he's looking forward to working for the residents.

With supervisors preparing to work on the township's comprehensive plan, he said he'll work to ensure smart growth continues in the township.

Swomley said he'll also work to maintain taxes and to attract business to the township.

"I'm looking forward to keeping Springettsbury a great place to live," he said.

Phan said she, too, will focus on township finances but aims to curb spending, particularly wasted tax dollars on township newsletters.

Phan said she was humbled by the support received at the polls.

"It's very humbling to win tonight," she said. "I'm your average resident. It just shows me that people want change."

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.



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