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County Commissioner to seek re-election

December 23, 2002

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg resident Robert L. Thomas has announced he will seek a third term as a Franklin County Commissioner.

Thomas, a Republican, was first elected in 1995.

In announcing his candidacy, Thomas said he and Commissioner G. Warren Elliott will work as a team in their re-election efforts.

"Warren and I have worked together very well these past seven years. I believe our experience should be a huge benefit for serving in the future," he said.

Thomas said since he and Elliott were elected, Franklin County has worked with municipal officials to establish comprehensive and recreation plans that when fully implemented will preserve open space and the quality of life that residents know today.

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Thomas' work with other municipal leaders led to the formation of the new Franklin County Council of Governments. He was elected its first chairman last month. Thomas said the council has great potential to benefit the people of Franklin County for years to come.

Thomas is president of the Franklin County Prison Board, vice chair of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, member of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation, the 21st Century Partnership, Children and Youth Services Advisory Board, Chambersburg Area Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board and the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

On the state level, Thomas serves on the Community and Economic Development Committee of the Pennsylvania County Commissioners Association.

Thomas is also active in both church and community. He is chairman of the church council at Marion United Methodist Church, serving from 1997 to 2002. He is on the Franklin County Big Brothers Big Sisters board and is chairman of the Bowl for Kids Sake committee, Franklin County Head Start and Farm City Week Committees. He is past president of the Shippensburg Scottish Rite Club.

Thomas lives at 171 Lincoln Road with his wife, Sherryl, and twin daughters, Bobbie and Kelly.

Thomas and the entire three-person Board of Commissioners is up for re-election next year. Their four-year terms end Dec. 31, 2003.

Commissioners will make a yearly salary of $55,303 in 2003.

In addition to the commissioners, nearly every county office is up for election next year, including controller, clerk of court, sheriff, register and recorder, prothonotary, district attorney and coroner, according to Jean Byers, deputy chief clerk.

The primary will be May 20.

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