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State representative Kristin Phillips-Hill is one of a handful of women in York County holding office.

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State Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill formally announced her candidacy for state Senate during a campaign reception Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Wisehaven Event Center, according to a news release.

Phillips-Hill told The York Dispatch in early July that she had been "looking very seriously" into a possible run.

The York Township Republican, in the midst of her second term, will be looking to replace Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, who is running for governor and has said he will not seek re-election for his Senate seat.

Phillips-Hill serves as secretary of the House Education and State Government committees.

She also serves on the Gaming Oversight and Health committees.

Phillips-Hill will be running for the 28th Senatorial District, which represents the majority of municipalities in York County, including York City.

The seat has been held by a Republican since 1995, when Daniel Delp replaced Democrat Michael Bortner, who now serves as a judge on the York County Court of Common Pleas.

No female senators currently represent York County, though former Sen. Pat Vance represented parts of the county from 2005 until she retired last year.

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