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Republican Dawn Keefer said she will look to cut regulatory red tape and take on elitist "educrats" who have instituted a "one-size-fits-all" education system during her first term in the state House of Representatives.

"It's very humbling. It's empowering to know that they all have that faith in me to carry that message to Harrisburg," the Franklin Township resident said.

Keefer was on her way to a decisive victory late Tuesday night, leading 7,776 to 2,785 with 70 percent of the precincts reporting.

Keefer won her party's nomination after a close primary race in April.

Fewer than 2,000 votes separated the 43-year-old businesswoman from the candidate who came in third place.

The 92nd District seat became vacant after incumbent Rep. Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg, announced his intention to seek the state Senate seat in the 31st district.

Keefer looked to be running unopposed for the general election until independent candidate Kate McGraw, of Monroe Township in Cumberland County, obtained the necessary signatures in August.

McGraw, an artist, said she'd look to continue a career in politics regardless of the result of the election.

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, and Monroe Township in Cumberland County.

— Dispatch reporter Jason Addy contributed to this report.

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