Klunk holds on to her state House seat

York Dispatch

State Rep. Kate Klunk was the only incumbent representative in York County to have her seat challenged.

State Rep. Kate Klunk, R-Hanover, left, talks with fellow state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York Township, at the Republican Committee election watch in the White Rose Room at PeoplesBank Park, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

By 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, it appeared she was well on her way to handily defeating her opponent, 9,890 to 2,473 with about 56 percent of the precincts reporting.

"It is a true honor and privilege to gain the trust and support of my fellow friends and neighbors in the district again to represent them," the Republican from Hanover said. "I was born and raised in Hanover, and to have the opportunity to represent my hometown and the area I love means the world to me."

Klunk said she will continue to fight for her constituents in Harrisburg and bring "some York County commonsense" to the state House of Representatives.

The first-term state representative ran unopposed in her primary campaign and looked to be running unopposed.

Hanover Borough Councilman Robert Marcoccio, who ran without any party affiliation, obtained the necessary signatures as of August to be placed on the ballot.

Marcoccio said he decided to run because lawmakers from both parties have failed to adequately look into his plan to move school funding away from property taxes and toward extraction-based royalties that the state already receives.

The 169th district includes all or parts of Codorus Township, Glen Rock, Hanover, Heidelberg Township, Jefferson, Manheim Township, New Freedom, Penn Township, Railroad, Shrewsbury Township and West Manheim Township.