Energy - August 18, 2017

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Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R—York, will formally announce her run for state Senate on August 29. Phillips-Hill currently represents the 93rd District in the House. Phillips-Hill will be running for 28th senatorial district seat; currently held by Republican gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Scott Wagner. Phillips-Hill is serving her second term in the House and previously was a member of the Dallastown Area School Board. She has the support of the York County Republican Committee. She also has the support of Wagner who has said she’s knowledgeable and a good candidate.

As Congressman Lou Barletta mulls a run against Senator Bob Casey, candidates are lining up to run for his seat. Already considering a bid are state Representative Stephen Bloom, R—Cumberland, local businessman Andrew Lewis, former Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser, and most recently, state Representative Tarah Toohil, R—Luzerne. According to PoliticsPA, Bloom has already taken the step of filing with the Federal Elections Commission. Lewis ran against Sen. John DiSanto in the Republican primary for that Senate seat in 2016. He has not made any official announcement but has said he’s been approached about running but won’t make anything official until Barletta makes an official announcement. Meuser was Revenue Secretary under Gov. Tom Corbett; PoliticasPA reported that he registered a website with the address: He has not made a public statement. Toohil has also said she’s been approached in recent weeks about running for Barletta’s seat. She said it’s something she’s putting a lot of thought into the possibility. She also noted that should Barletta make a run for Senate, she’d like to the see the seat stay with a candidate from the Northeast part of Pennsylvania. She said that a candidate from the southern part of the district may not have the “connections to the blue collar and industrial roots and issues” that face Northeast Pennsylvania.