Fairview Twp. man running for Pa. House in 92nd District

Greg Gross

Anthony Pugliese was 1,361 votes shy of receiving the Republican nomination for the 92nd state House District in the 2012 primary election.

Now the Fairview Township man, who's just shy of 30, is again hoping to breathe younger life into the House of Representatives as he launches an election bid for the seat.

"We need some young blood in there," Pugliese said. "There's a lot more of our generation getting involved."

The 29-year-old man said he may be young, but he also has experience, having worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), where he labored to bring businesses and jobs to the state.

The seat is currently held by Rep. Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg, who beat out Pugliese and three other GOP candidates on his march toward the November 2012 election win.

Regan isn't seeking re-election in the House because he's running for the Senate seat held by Pat Vance,R-York and Cumberland counties, who announced she'll retire from state politics after more than two decades at the end of 2016.

Priorities: Pugliese, who was director of legislative affairs for DCED  said he would use his experience in economic development to create jobs and bolster business in the state.

While with the department, he worked with the General Assembly to pass pro-business bills and helped cut wasteful spending within the department.

He left the post to run for the House in 2012 and is currently with his family's business, the Harrisburg-based lobbying firm Pugliese Associates.

Voters can expect the same commitment to cutting government waste and enticing businesses to the state if elected, he said, noting he has a good understanding of how to bring jobs to Pennsylvania.

He would also seek meaningful and substantive property tax reform and strengthening local schools.

But one thing voters won't see much of is lip service, Pugliese said, adding his campaign slogan is "Leadership not salesmanship."

"People are tired of politicians saying talking points," he said. "I think that's what people are tired of; the inaction."

Homegrown: Pugliese grew up in Fairview Township and graduated from West Shore School District. He also graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor's degree in political science.

He's a member of the York Rotary; North York Republican Club; the York County Republican Club, where he served as a committeeman; and York Action, a group that focuses on conservative and Christian values.

The 92nd state House District includes a large swath of northern York County from Fairview Township in the north to Washington Township in the south. It also includes Monroe Township in Cumberland County.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.