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Coy easily wins Pa. 89th District

November 08, 2000

Coy easily wins Pa. 89th District



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - While the winner of the presidential election was too close to call Tuesday Night, the one contested race in Franklin County was quickly decided as dozens gathered in the county annex building to hear the returns.

In balloting for the 89th District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Democratic incumbent Rep. Jeff Coy of Shippensburg easily landed his 10th term.

Coy received 13,061 votes in Franklin County to Republican Kenneth Gill's 7,699 votes, according to complete but unofficial election results.

Coy won all 26 precincts in Franklin County along with the district's seven precincts in Cumberland County.

"This victory was more than I ever expected," said Coy, who had never before swept every precinct or won by such a wide margin.

He attributed his victory to his record of public service.

"I think the people know that I am their representative and I do my job well," Coy said.

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"I also think I have very excellent operations in Chambersburg and Shippensburg. Constituent services at those offices is excellent."

Coy said his top legislative priorities will be working on a prescription drug program for seniors and reducing school property taxes.

Gill was out in Franklin County Wednesday picking up his election signs.

"Obviously I was hoping I would do better. It just shows you the power of incumbency," he said. "It's very difficult to beat an incumbent. You have to go raise too much money and then you owe people favors in return."

Gill said he was thrilled to see the large voter turnout and thanked those who voted for him as well as the volunteers who helped with his campaign.

"There were some really nice people who chipped in and donated their time," said Gill, who works as a financial officer for Pennsylvania State University Mont Alto campus.

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