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Shuster cruises to win

November 06, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Republican incumbent Bill Shuster easily secured his first full term as representative of the 9th Congressional District, handily defeating his Democratic challenger.

Shuster also dominated Franklin County, winning 24,455 votes with all 75 precincts reporting Tuesday night, according to complete but unofficial results.

With 94 percent of the vote in, Shuster led with 115,742 votes (71 percent), while henry received 46,965 votes, or 29 percent.

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Democrat John Henry, a political newcomer and restaurant owner from Breezewood, Pa., only took 9,722 votes in Franklin County, or about 28 percent of the vote, according to complete but unofficial results.

Shuster, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., was first elected in a special election in May of 2001 after his father, Bud Shuster, retired at the start of his 14th term.

The heavily Republican 9th District covers all or part of 14 counties in south-central Pennsylvania, including Bedford, Blair, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Clearfield, Mifflin, Perry, Indiana, Somerset, Cambria, Cumberland and Fayette.

Shuster, 41, has spent the last 18 months working to help bring $2 million to Franklin County for water projects, and he has said he hopes to garner transportation funds for work on Interstate 81.

He said he also wants to provide tax relief for families and create incentives to bring jobs to the struggling region.

His priorities for this term include boosting education resources, creating jobs and improving the tax climate in the country to make sure businesses are not overburdened with tax bills that would keep them from expanding operations and hiring workers.

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