Republicans retain York County legislative seats despite challengers

Matt Enright
York Dispatch

York County saw a massive turnout Tuesday, and Republican incumbents reaped the rewards.

In four state House and Senate races, Republican incumbents retained their seats despite challenges from Democrats.

GOP chair John O'Neill had said earlier in the evening that he'd witnessed a large turnout in the election.

"I feel good. Our focus was voter turnout, and it looks like we turned out quite a few voters in the election, and that was of course the most important thing to do," O'Neill said at an election night watch party at Wisehaven Event Center in York Township.

York County saw 59% voter turnout for the election, according to county officials, with 184,065 total votes cast.

State Rep. Mike Jones, the incumbent Republican in the 93rd House District, received 18,751 votes, good for 63% of the vote. Democratic challenger Chris Rodkey received 9,956 votes, or 34%, while third-party candidate Kristine Cousler-Womack received 887.

"I’m grateful the voters of the 93rd District have signaled their support for those efforts by honoring me with a resounding victory," Jones said via email. "I am grateful for and humbled by their support and the support of so many friends, family, and volunteers."

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In the 92nd House District, Republican state Rep. Dawn Keefer beat Democrat Dan Almoney. Keefer received 21,870 votes, winning 71% of the total votes cast.

"I am humbled by the outpouring of support from each of you," Keefer said on her Facebook page Wednesday morning. "I promise to continue to fight for you, the people of the 92nd District."

Pennsylvania State Rep. Mike Jones during the York County Republicans watch party at Wisehaven Event Center in Windsor Township, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Dawn J. Sagert/The York Dispatch

State Rep. Kate Klunk, the Republican incumbent in the 169th House District, easily defeated Democrat Isaac Riston. Klunk received 19,638 votes, or 72% of the total votes cast in that race; Riston received 7,663 votes, good for 28%. Klunk did not respond to a request for comment.

Finally, Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, incumbent in the 28th Senate District, beat Democrat Judith McCormick-Higgins. Phillips-Hill received 74,332 votes or 67% of the total votes cast. McCormick-Higgins received 36,127 or 33%. Phillips-Hill did not respond to a request for comment.

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In addition, several races were uncontested.

After defeating incumbent state Rep. Keith Gillespie in the primary, Republican Joe D'Orsie will be the next 47th House District representative. Similarly, Wendy Fink defeated longtime state Rep. Stan Saylor in the 196th House District in the primary and had no opponent in the general election.

Rep. Seth Grove was uncontested in the 196th House District.

The lone Democrat to win in York County was state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans. The 95th House District incumbent ran unopposed.

— Reach Matt Enright via email at menright@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @Matthew_Enright.