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Local man to challenge Shuster for 9th district seat

February 11, 2002

Local man to challenge Shuster for 9th district seat



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.

By STACEY DANZUSO
chbbureau@innernet.net


A local businessman announced Thursday he will run for the Congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster.

David Keller, 32, is a Hamilton Township resident and has worked in corporate sales at Sunrise Computers in Chambersburg since 1993.

A Republican, Keller said he is running for the 9th Congressional District seat because he believes the area needs a new direction.

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"For the past 30 years our focus has been transportation. I think it is time to switch that focus to bridging the digital divide," he said.

Shuster, R-Blair County, won the seat in a special election last May, five months after his father, Bud Shuster, left office for personal reasons. The elder Shuster was elected 14 times and chaired the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Keller, a 1987 graduate of Chambersburg Area High School, said it was time to make Internet access more available and less expensive.

"I see it as the key to economic growth, jobs, education and better access to health care," he said. "I compare it to the importance of electrification and construction of roads. It is the key to the first half of the 21st century."

Keller has never run for office before but worked on the campaign of Sen. Harris Woford in 1991.

Keller said he is ready to get out and start campaigning, and later this month he will begin collecting the signatures he needs to get on the ballot.

He said he will be a "man of action" if elected.

"I will work harder to fix things and push for progress at the local level and raise the overall standard of living in the district," Keller said.

He said he also thinks as a U.S. representative there is no reason he could not help out on local issues such as building a Chambersburg bypass, improving local schools and solving problems with health care.

"Our representative in Washington, D.C., needs to use his bully pulpit to raise the awareness of a lot of local issues and try to bring about positive change and fix those things," he said.

Keller officially announced his candidacy Thursday evening at Bruno's Restaurant in the Chamber-5 Business Park to a gathering of friends and family, including his wife, Rebecca.

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