Newberry Twp. man seeks 92nd House seat

Greg Gross

A Newberry Township man has joined the growing field of candidates seeking to represent the 92nd state House District.

Kraig Bruder, 29, who said seeking public office is something he always considered, is running on a platform of conservative ideals, such as maintaining gun owners' rights, pension reform and others.

Despite his young age, Bruder said he's up to the task of serving in the House.

"At the age of 29, we've lived through a recession. I've made my way," he said, noting he has a blue collar upbringing. "What the people and voters of the district will find out is I'm a hard worker."

If elected: Bruder said he'd bring a business-like approach to Harrisburg if elected.

His "red  meat issues" include working against tax increases and wasteful government spending while working towards pension reform.

Bruder said he'd also like to reform the education system by scaling back the state-mandated standardized testing, which he said takes valuable instructional time from teachers who instead have to prepare students for the tests.

"We really need to take a hard look into standardized testing," he said.

The 92nd House seat is currently held by Rep. Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg. Regan said he isn't seeking re-election in the House because he's running for the Senate seat held by Pat Vance, R-York and Cumberland counties, who announced she'll retire from state politics at the end of 2016 after more than two decades.

Also running for the House seat are fellow Republicans Anthony Pugliese, Andy Ritter and Dawn Keefer. No Democrats have publicly announced they are seeking the seat.

The candidate: Bruder is a 2008 graduate of Slippery Rock University. He is an account representative with WESCO Distribution.

He has been a GOP committeeman for Newberry Township since 2014. Bruder lives in the township with his wife.

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. It also includes Monroe Township in Cumberland County.

Rank-and-file members of the House are paid $85,339 yearly. Representatives serve two-year terms.

The primary is April 26.

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