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A Camp Hill-area dentist has announced he is running for state Senate in the 31st District, which includes part of York County.

Dr. Brice Arndt, of Heartland Dental, will run as a Republican for the seat held by longtime legislator Pat Vance, a Republican who announced last week she won't seek another term.

"Like the majority of my neighbors, I have spent my career trying to build a better life for my family and our community. We go to work, do our jobs and expect legislators to make the most of our hard-earned tax dollars," he said in a statement. Instead, we have seen career politicians raise our taxes and watched our commonwealth underperform as a result of the tax-and-spend culture in our state Capitol."

Not running:  Vance, 79, announced recently that she will not seek a fourth term in office. She got her start in state politics in 1990 when she was elected to the House of Representatives. Prior to that, she served as the Cumberland County recorder of deeds.

Vance was elected to the Senate 11 years ago.

State Rep. Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg, previously said he'll also run for the seat. He said he would not seek to retain his House seat.

This is the first time Arndt has sought a public office. The 30-resident of Cumberland County has served on numerous community boards, including Big 33 Foundation, Harrisburg Area Community College, The Homeland Center and The Fredricksen Library.

"I am committed to fight for the private sector, which consistently loses out to special interests in Harrisburg," he said.

In York County, the district includes an area that stretches from Fairview Township in the north to Jackson Township in the south. It also includes portions of Cumberland County.

Senators are elected to four-year terms.

To learn more about Arndt, go to bricearndtforsenate.com.

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