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A teacher in Eastern York School District has launched a write-in campaign as a Democrat for a Red Lion-area state House seat.

Shawn Little, 29, of York Township, said he decided to run for the 93rd House District after no one from a major party filed nomination petitions to run against the incumbent, Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York Township. Phillips-Hill was first elected to the House in 2014 and is seeking a second term.

"Nobody else is going to do it," Little said. "No change is going to happen when there's no competition."

Little needs to receive 300 write-in votes in the April 26 primary in order to appear on the November ballot.

Minor party and non-affiliated candidates have until Aug. 1 to file nomination papers to run for offices.

Issues: Little, who has been an eighth-grade language arts teacher for six years, readily acknowledged that he has an uphill battle in Republican-strong York County.

"Just because I'm a Democrat doesn't mean I don't understand what's going on," he said. "I'm a York countian."

Education would be a focus of Little's time in office should he win the November election.

He'd like to see Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests revamped. The exams test students in grades three through eight in English and math, as well as fourth- and eighth-grade students in science. Little said the tests take away precious class time and stress out students.

How districts receive state funding would also be a priority, he said.

"I don't think it's fair that where you live determines the kind of education kids receive," Little said.

Little is a 2004 graduate of West York Area High School who graduated from Elizabethtown College and, later, Villanova University.

The 93rd District includes Fawn, East Hopewell, Hopewell, North Hopewell, Springfield and York townships and Crossroads, Dallastown, Fawn Grove, Jacobus, Loganville, Seven Valleys, Shrewsbury, Stewartstown, Winterstown and Yoe boroughs.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.

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