Former NFL player Jon Ritchie running for Pa. Senate

Written by Flint McColgan/York Daily Record-Sunday News | Dec 8, 2015 12:36 PM

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Former fullback Jon Ritchie played for Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles.

(Undated) -- State Senator Pat Vance, a Cumberland County Republican who also represents a portion of York County, steps down next year, and the competition to fill her seat is heating up.

Former NFL fullback Jon Ritchie, a Cumberland County Republican, is ready to make his first run for office.

From 1998 to 2004, he played fullback for both the Oakland Raiders and the Philadelphia Eagles. In his last year with the Raiders he started in Super Bowl XXXVII. He followed football with a career as a broadcast analyst with networks like ESPN and his current home on the NBC Network.

"I am proud to announce my candidacy for State Senate today because I want to give back to the community that has been so good to me," the Cumberland County native said.

"The 31st Senate District has been fortunate to have strong leadership from Senator Pat Vance and she leaves big shoes to fill," he added. "I am running to continue her legacy of strong Republican leadership and promise to fight for lower taxes, search for ways to increase efficiency in government and will champion support and reform of the education system in our state."

His candidacy follows the announcement from fellow Republican Dr. Brice Arndt, a Camp Hill dentist and small-business owner.

Current state Rep. Mike Regan, R-Carroll Township, was the first to announce his candidacy for the office.

This article comes to us through a partnership between York Daily Record and WITF.

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