Republican Chris Gebhard handily won the state’s 48th Senate District special election on Tuesday.
With 100% of constituencies reporting in the district’s three counties, the State Department’s unofficial results at 12:45 a.m. had Gebhard with 62.8% of the vote in the four-candidate race.
He will now occupy the seat of the late State Senator Dave Arnold, R-Lebanon, who died in January after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.
“There is a lot of work to be done to adopt a program focused on lowering taxes, eliminating unnecessary regulations, reopening Commonwealth businesses and schools, and promoting a Pennsylvania First program,” Gebhard said. in a press release. “We must pass a law to restore integrity and confidence in our electoral system. This mission begins today.
Gebhard’s main opponent, Democrat Calvin Clements of Lebanon County won 28.8% of the vote.
Gebhard, who is chairman of Hoaster Gebhard & Co., an insurance company in Lebanon County, ran on a platform to reopen the state’s economy and schools amid the COVID-pandemic 19.
He also pushed for the repeal of Law 77, which allowed voters to vote by mail for any reason. In addition, it aims to prevent Governor Tom Wolf from getting his 2022 budget wishlist, which includes the implementation of a 46% increase in personal income tax.
Pennsylvania’s 48th Senate District includes northeast York County, part of Dauphin County, and all of Lebanon County.
The York County part of the district includes 19 polling stations in the townships of Conewago, East Manchester, Newberry and Springettsbury and the boroughs of Goldsboro, Lewisberry, Manchester, Mount Wolf and York Haven
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