(York) -- Three men are vying in Tuesday's special election to be the next state House representative from York County’s 95th district.
The seat was vacated by Eugene Depasquale, after he was elected as the state's Auditor General last fall.
The contest pits Republican Bryan Tate against Democrat Kevin Schreiber, and Green Party candidate Bill Swartz.
Swartz has never held public office, but runs his own property management business in York. He wants to cut property taxes in half and replace the revenue with a flat, countywide income tax.
He says as a third-party candidate he would be an independent voice at the Capitol. “We’ve been electing people from the two big old parties to Harrisburg for a long long time, and we’ve seen the results of that,” he says.
Democrat Kevin Schreiber is the Community and Economic Development Director for the city of York. His top priority is overhauling the way education is funded in Pennsylvania.
He wants to bring in more money from the state, to shift the burden off local property tax payers. “We are far too dependent on property taxes for our local school districts. We need to modernize that," he says. "We need a menu of new revenue options that are statewide.”
Republican Bryan Tate is the Vice President of Philanthropy at the York Community Foundation, having previously served as chief of staff for former Congressman Todd Platts.
He also says restructuring education funding to provide property tax relief is atop his agenda. He favors switching York’s struggling schools to an all-charter system. “We have proposed a bold and innovative proposal that would allow for a nonprofit community charter school system to take over the school district,” he says.
If elected, Tate would become the third openly gay member of the state legislature.
The 95th district includes York, West York, North York, Spring Garden Township, and part of West Manchester Township.
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