House candidate hopes to draw Wagner's support

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Mar 24, 2014 1:30 PM

(Harrisburg) -- After conservative Scott Wagner captured the 28th state Senate District seat in York County in last week's special election, one Lancaster County candidate hopes it's the start of a trend.

Ed Donegan is a political newcomer, and he thinks the state G-O-P could use a push to the right.


He just barely collected enough signatures to get on the Republican ballot for the 99th state House District seat.

But he says with Wagner's write-in win, he sees an opening and emailed Wagner Sunday night to try to get him on board.

"I did ask him if there's any way he might be able to offer any advice or any help in any way that he things because I happen to believe the same way he believes."

Donegan says he sees parallels between Wagner's victory in the 28th Senate District and his candidacy in the 99th House District.

"The same thing holds true in Lancaster County as it does in York. The average person is very much fed up with the politicians, the career politicians."

Donegan is running against Dave Zimmerman - the Lancaster County GOP's nominee.Zimmerman says even if Wagner got involved in the race, he's confident he'll walk to victory.

"I mean that's a possibility, but I believe the people here in the 99th are individuals looking for somebody to provide leadership in Harrisburg."

Zimmerman is an East Earl Township Supervisor and also serves on a handful of county Republican committees.

"In order to get something accomplished and be able to work with people, one of the first things that you need to do, is learn to know who these individuals are."

Donegan comes from a business background and pitches himself as a political outsider.

The primary is May 20th.

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