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Republican Tom Ryan, a retired businessman, is the first York County resident to make a bid for the 48th District Senate seat formerly held by Mike Folmer.

Ryan, who lives in Springettsbury Township and worked as the chief financial officer for Motor Technology Inc. before retiring in March, is among a growing pool of candidates running for the seat that became vacant when Folmer resigned last month after child pornography charges were filed against him.

"I have been interested in the state political scene for a very long time, but I haven't been particularly active because I've been actively employed," Ryan said. "Now that I'm retired and continue my work with the National Federation of Independent Business, it has increased my interest in becoming more active locally."

Although the seat represents a small portion of York County — it is composed of northeastern York County, part of Dauphin County and all of Lebanon County — Ryan's fiscal prowess relates to issues that affect all residents in the district, he said.

Ryan's political platform echoes those of many other Republicans in York County, prioritizing fiscal policy such as lower taxes, reduced regulations, job creation and workforce development, all of which he dubs as "kitchen table issues."

"I understand the real issues that are out there because I’ve been on the ground dealing with those people on a daily basis for 26 years," Ryan said.

A special election to decide the next senator will be held on Jan. 14, and Ryan is already expected to face off with multiple other contenders. 

Other GOP candidates include Lebanon County District Attorney Dave Arnold, Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs CEO Matthew Brouillette and state Rep. Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon.

Although no Democrats have announced their candidacy, Chad Baker, chairman of the Democratic Party of York County, has said there are several interested. Baker did not provide any names by deadline.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.

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