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Ross may run for Congress

January 12, 2001

Ross may run for Congress



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - L. Michael Ross, executive director of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., said Friday he will decide by early next week whether to add his name to the growing list of candidates seeking the seat of retiring 9th District U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa.

Ross, a Republican, said he would not enter the race if State Sen. Terry Punt decides to get into it. Punt, R-Waynesboro, promised to decide early next week.

"I would step down if Terry runs," Ross said.

He said State Rep. Pat Fleagle, also R-Waynesboro, who officially announced his candidacy for Shuster's seat this week, could also represent Franklin County well in the race.

"I would like Franklin County to get that seat," he said.

Gov. Tom Ridge scheduled a special election for Shuster's seat for May 15. Republicans and Democrats will each field one candidate.

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Shuster, 68, of Everett, Pa., in Bedford County, surprised his constituents in the 11-county 9th District last week when he announced his retirement one day after being sworn in for his 15th term in the U.S. House.

Shuster's son, William Shuster, said he wants his father seat. Ross said he thinks William Shuster may be a front-runner because he can trade on his father's name.

"Two weeks ago nobody in the 9th District would even consider running for the seat," Ross said. "This is a unique opportunity for Franklin County to have a seat in the U.S. Congress."

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