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Republican candidates in two contested races for House and Senate seats in York County will meet face to face in debates ahead of the April primary.

The first debate among three candidates for the 92nd House District, which includes northern York County, will be held Thursday at the American Legion Post 26, 301 Route 15, near Dillsburg.

Doors open at 7 p.m., allowing attendees to meet the GOP candidates, and the debate will start at 8 p.m., according to the Northern York County Republican Club, host of the event.

Running for the seat currently held by state Rep. Mike Regan are Anthony Pugliese, a former government lobbyist from Fairview Township; Franklin Township resident Dawn Keefer, whose consulting firm raises money for candidates; and Kraig Bruder, an account representative from Newberry Township.

Second round: A second debate, hosted by the York County Economic Alliance, will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at the Fairview Township Fire Station, 340 Lewisberry Road.

Candidates for the 31st Senate District as well as the 92nd House District candidates will take part.

Running for the Senate seat are Regan, ex-NFLer Jon Ritchie, Camp Hill-area dentist Brice Arndt and Scott Harper, an attorney from Washington Township. The four Republicans are vying to fill retiring Sen. Pat Vance's seat.

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. 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.

The races will be decided in the April 26 primary unless a Democrat or nonaffiliated party candidate launches a write-in campaign.

The last day to register to vote in the primary is Monday, March 28.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.

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