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SD-31: Jon Ritchie Vying to Replace Vance

Jon-RitchieFormer NFL player Jon Ritchie has thrown his hat into the ring to replace longtime GOP State Sen. Pat Vance.

This is Ritchie’s first foray into politics, but name recognition will give him a solid foundation to build on. The former Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders fullback said he is running “to give back to the community that has been so good to me.”

“I love this area and that is why my wife and I chose to raise our family here,” the Cumberland County native said. Ritchie lives in Enola with his wife and three children.

“The 31st Senate District has been fortunate to have strong leadership from Senator Pat Vance and she leaves big shoes to fill,” Ritchie said. “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.”

Sen. Vance said she would not seek re-election after winning a third term in 2012, reaffirming her retirement last month.

Vance, 79, has spent almost half of her life in public service. Before being elected to the Senate in 2004, she served for 14 years in the State House and spent another 12 years as the Cumberland County Recorder of Deeds.

Ritchie will face a primary challenge for the Republican nomination from two-term state Rep. Mike Regan.

The 31st Senate District covers parts of Cumberland and York Counties.

7 Responses

  1. Terry M where did you get that information? According to Financial Records Mike Regan has not received a dime from Scott Wagner. Quit listening to whisper campaigns and get your facts straight

  2. Not sure which is more suspect…that the article talks about a Vance endorsement without actually quoting the Senator, or that it fails to mention half the field of candidates… #journalism101

  3. you also forget that the dentist with the blue bus is also running in the primary. he has a lot of tooth fairy money in his campaign coffers.

  4. My understanding is that Scott “The Trashman” Wagner is propping up Mike Regan as the tea party candidate in that race. Ritchie might not know anything about politics, but he would still be a better senator than Regan.

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