Henshaw (submitted)

Kelly Henshaw is making another go at the 94th District state House seat he campaigned for in the 2012 Republican primary.

Henshaw, 58, said he will announce his current candidacy at noon, Thursday, Jan. 16, at Bethany House, 131 W. Broadway, in Red Lion.

Henshaw received 42 percent of the vote when he ran in 2012 against incumbent and now Majority Whip Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township, who was first elected to the seat in 1992.

Henshaw, a Red Lion councilman, said he pledges to fight eliminate property taxes, as well as "lavish" newsletters and public service announcements that only seek to re-elect politicians at the cost of taxpayers.

He said he supports term limits for legislators and will refuse to accept "one dime" in pay raises or automatic annual cost of living adjustments that they continually vote for themselves.

"I want to end the career politicians (trend) that we have now," Henshaw said. "I would pledge not to serve any more than five terms, which would be 10 years."

Henshaw said that since his campaign loss in 2012, he has continued to talk about the state government's issues with 94th District residents. The top concern they have is property tax reform, he said.

Henshaw said he has talked to many people who are in favor of replacing property taxes with increased sales and personal income taxes in order to pay for public education.

"They can't afford to pay their school property tax," he said. "They're tired of it. The idea of using the sales tax and personal income tax is more fair. Also, people that travel through the state can pay, too, through sales tax. It's fair to have everybody share the cost (of education)."

Henshaw is a 1973 graduate of Red Lion Area Senior High School. He owns Austin Graphics and is the sexton at Bethany United Methodist Church in the borough.

He and his wife, Kathleen, have two adult children and four grandchildren.

The 94th District includes Chanceford, East Hopewell, Fawn, Hopewell, Lower Chanceford, Lower Windsor, North Hopewell, Peach Bottom, Windsor townships and part of York Township. It also includes Cross Roads, Delta, East Prospect, Fawn Grove, Felton, Red Lion, Stewartstown, Windsor, Winterstown and Yorkana.

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.