Vance's Senate seat goes to Regan
- State Rep. Mike Regan won a promotion to the state Senate.
State Rep. Mike Regan will make the step up to the Pennsylvania Senate after beating two challengers for the 31st Senate District seat.
As of 11:15 p.m., the Dillsburg Republican led his closest opponent, Democrat Josh Bosha, with 68 percent of precincts reporting. Regan picked up 15,991 votes, Bosha got 4,845 and Kenneth Gehosky, who ran without a party affiliation, garnered 1,612 votes.
"First of all, it's a huge honor," Regan said. "Along with being an honor, it's a huge responsibility."
Regan said the move to the Senate gives him the chance to have more of an impact, being one of 50 state senators, as opposed to one of 203 representatives. He said that in the state's upper legislative chamber he will continue his work on welfare reform and fighting the opioid epidemic.
Republican Dawn Keefer will take Regan's seat in the state House, having fended off a challenge from independent Kate McGraw. Regan said he thinks Keefer will do a fantastic job, as she understands politics and the responsibility of being in the House.
The 31st District Senate seat became open when incumbent Sen. Patricia Vance, R-Cumberland County, announced last November that she wouldn't seek re-election.
Regan stepped into a crowded primary race that included former NFL player Jon Ritchie and prevailed over his three competitors. After being elected to the Senate on Tuesday night, Regan said his campaign against Bosha and Gehosky was not as tough as his "long, hard fight in the primary."
Gehosky, of Camp Hill, is a longtime high school teacher, according to his campaign website.
Bosha, of East Pennsboro Township in Cumberland County, is a pharmacist who previously held public office as a school director.
Bosha was chosen by his party after Ritchie, who received enough write-in votes on the Democratic side to appear on the general election ballot, declined the nomination.
The 31st Senate District includes an area that stretches from Fairview Township in the north to Jackson Township in the south as well as a large area of Cumberland County.