Keefer seeks Dillsburg-area House District seat

Greg Gross

A Dillsburg-area woman is seeking to the Republican nomination for the 92nd House District seat in northern York County.

Dawn Keefer, who owns a consulting firm and previously worked for a representative to the House, will likely face two opponents in the GOP primary on April 26.

"That gave me a lot of exposure" to issues residents and businesses are facing," she said of working as district director for former Rep. Will Gabig, R-Cumberland.

Keefer, 43, lives in Franklin Township with her husband, Tom, and their three children. She holds a degree in government and politics from George Mason University.

Issues: If elected, Keefer said she'd like to tackle bureaucracy in state government.

One approach she'd take would be to institute zero-based budgeting, when every line item starts at a zero balance and each request for funding is thoroughly vetted. That's opposed to using the previous year's allocation as a baseline.

Keefer said she's seen first-hand government bureaucracy at work.

A friend of her's owned a frozen yogurt business in Cumberland County and had to have his product undergo a monthly inspection for bacteria. The testing cost $250, which the owner had to cover, and inspectors took about $300 worth of yogurt for each test, she said.

"If you have a small business, you can't make a living," she said, adding the frozen yogurt business has since shuttered.

Keefer noted that is just one example from across the state's many departments.

"Take that and multiply by a thousand. It's all these different agencies," she said. "It's insane."

Also running: The two additional Republicans who have announced their candidacies for the seat are lobbyist Anthony Pugliese of Fairview Township and account representative Kraig Bruder of Newberry Township. Both are 29. No Democrats have publicly announced they are seeking the seat.

The 92nd House seat is currently held by Rep. Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg. Regan said he doesn't intend to seek 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.

The 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. They serve two-year terms.

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