The race for the new 169th House District is down to four Republicans after one candidate withdrew his name.

No Democrats have announced a campaign for the seat, which covers the Hanover area and part of southern York County.

William Anderson, a 62-year-old conservative Christian from Manheim Township, said he won't be pursuing the seat because of "many different personal circumstances."

Anderson had also been a contender for the special election to fill the vacant 28th District Senate seat, but Republican party officials chose state Rep. Ron Miller, R-Jacobus, to run for that position.

Anderson's withdrawal leaves a field of four vying for the GOP nomination in the May 20 primary for the 169th.

Candidates: Running are former firefighter Leroy Wentz of Hanover, semi-retired business owner Gene Montanarelli of Shrewsbury Township, attorney Kate Klunk of Hanover, and West Manheim Township supervisor Marc Woerner.

Democratic Party of York County chairman Bob Kefauver said party officials are still looking for Democratic candidates for the 169th.

The new seat is being moved, through redistricting, from the Philadelphia area to York to reflect growth in the Hanover area.

The 169th includes Codorus, Heidelberg, Manheim, Penn, Shrewsbury and West Manheim townships and the boroughs of Glen Rock, Hanover, Jefferson, New Freedom and Railroad.

The district has a population of about 62,800, according to the state.


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