Incumbent state lawmakers fend off challengers

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
A voter prepares to drop off a ballot at a drop box outside Philadelphia City Hall on May 28, 2020. In a tie vote Monday the Supreme Court rejected a Pennsylvania GOP appeal regarding mail ballots. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Every York County Republican in the state Legislature seeking reelection was declared victorious on Wednesday, keeping the county a reliable GOP stronghold.

Although all the votes were not counted in some races as of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the margins by which Republican incumbents led their challengers were largely  insurmountable, according to unofficial results gathered by The Associated Press.

Pennsylvania's 31st Senate District: 

Sen. Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg, defeated Democrat Shanna Danielson, a fifth-grade band teacher at Cumberland Valley School District.

With 63% of the total votes counted, Regan, a one-term incumbent, received 78,233, or 71% of the tallied vote. Danielson received 31,708 votes.

The district includes parts of Cumberland and northern York counties.

York County Senator Kristen Phillips-Hill, Rep. Keith Gillespie, and Rep. Seth Grove, listen as Senator Mike Regan addresses Governor Wolf's recent remarks a rally at Gene Latta Ford in Hanover, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

Pennsylvania's 33rd Senate District:

Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Adams, defeated Democrat Rich Sterner, a former school principal.

With 73% of the total votes counted, Mastriano received 80,194, or 79.1%, of the tallied votes. Sterner received 21,247 votes.

The district includes the southwestern corner of York County as well as all of Adams County and portions of Cumberland and Franklin counties. 

Pennsylvanian's 47th House District:

Rep. Keith Gillespie, R-Hellam, a nine-term incumbent, defeated Fred Owens, a former psychology professor.

With 100% of the total votes counted, Gillespie received 21,608, or 66% of the tallied vote. Owens received 11,335 votes.

The district is made up of Conewago, East Manchester, Hellam and Manchester townships; Hallam, Manchester, Mount Wolf, North York, Wrightsville and York Haven boroughs; and parts of Springettsbury Township.

Pennsylvania's 92nd House District:

Rep. Dawn Keefer, R-Franklin Township, a two-term incumbent, defeated Doug Ross, the owner of Newberry Storage.

With 100% of votes counted, Keefer received 25,864, or 73%, of the tallied votes. Ross received 9,556 votes.

The district represents Dillsburg, Franklintown, Goldsboro, Lewisberry and Wellsville boroughs; Carroll, Fairview, Franklin, Monaghan, Newberry, Warrington and Washington townships; and a portion of Cumberland County. 

Rep. Dawn Keefer, R-92nd District, during Swearing-in Day at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Pennsylvania's 95th House District:

In the only win by a Democrat in the county, Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, of York City, defeated Republican challenger Kacey French, president of CorrellGreen, a local architectural consulting and design company.

With 56% of the total votes counted, Hill-Evans received 13,360. or 64%, of the tallied votes. French received 7,400 votes.

The district covers York City, West York, Spring Garden Township and portions of West Manchester Township. 

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