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Coy announces plans for re-election

March 03, 1998|By DON AINES

Coy announces plans for re-election

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - State Rep. Jeffrey Coy, who has said he's "not ashamed to be called a politician," has announced he is running for a ninth term.

"It's a noble calling," Coy, D-Franklin, told about 200 supporters at the Orchards restaurant when he made the announcement Feb. 24.

Several supporters spoke about how Coy has helped them with problems or supported certain issues.

Coy outlined 10 issues he plans to push for, including repairs to Interstate 81.

"I'm not a highway engineer, but I can tell you that the road is simply crumbling in front of us," Coy said.

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He said the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's schedule to repair the interstate in the county by 2001 should be moved up to 1999.

Coy said the state has enough money for repairs, in part because of a gas tax increase.

"While I didn't vote for that increase, I support the fact that those funds have to be spent on roads in Pennsylvania," he said.

He said state surplus funds should be used to support school districts and begin a five-year program to reduce real estate taxes by half.

On a local issue, Coy said he wants to bring trolley service to Shippensburg, similar to that operated by the Chambersburg Transit Authority. Coy said he supports legislation that would allow police to file charges in domestic abuse cases, even when the victim does not press charges. Noting that 10 women have been killed in Franklin County in the past year, Coy said he wants more funds for domestic violence programs and shelters.

The only other candidate to have announced for the 89th District seat is Franklin County Commissioner Robert L. Thomas, a Republican.

The primary will be on May 19.

Coy's campaign committee began the year with a balance of $21,368, according to campaign finance reports at the Franklin County Courthouse.

Thomas began raising money last fall. Courthouse records showed his campaign committee had a balance of $6,037 at the beginning of the year.

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