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Coy fends off stiff challenge

November 06, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - In a tight race with less than a 500-vote margin, Democrat Jeff Coy won his 11th term representing the 89th District in Pennsylvania's General Assembly.

Coy took 8,684 votes with all precincts in Franklin and Cumberland counties reporting Tuesday to thwart Republican Chris Sheffield's first try for office, according to complete but unofficial results.

Sheffield, an attorney from Shippensburg, Pa., received 8,205 votes, according to complete but unofficial results.

In Franklin County alone, a mere 98 votes separated the two men, less than 1 percent of the vote.

Coy, of Shippensburg, Pa., has managed to appeal to residents of Franklin County for 20 years, despite a voter registration that includes more than twice as many Republicans as Democrats.

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He has said he doesn't believe party labels are as important as candidates' views and experience.

After results were in Tuesday, he said it was a tense night, but he had faith his loyal supporters would come through for him.

"Election nights are always tense. I am very grateful to the wonderful bipartisan coalition that once again elected me in the 89th District," Coy said as he was entering a victory party. "It is a coalition of business people, farmers and retired help who helped build a bipartisan base."

He said that base helped him overcome the large percent of voters who voted straight Republican party tickets.

Coy has pledged to reduce residential property taxes and restructure school funding by redirecting state resources so more tax dollars go to local school districts. Districts would then be required to lower property taxes accordingly.

The 89th District includes the boroughs of Chambersburg, Orrstown and Shippensburg, and the townships of Greene, Letterkenny, Lurgan, Southampton and parts of Guilford in Franklin County, as well as part of Cumberland County.

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