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Bender drops out of race for Pa. House seat

February 24, 2004

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County official has dropped his plans to seek the Republican nomination for the 89th District House of Representatives seat in next month's primary election.

Chris A. Bender, 42, of Fayetteville, Pa., said Monday in a news release that he is not seeking his party's nomination in the race to succeed long-time state Rep. Jeff Coy, D-Franklin/Cumberland.

"Due to family commitments, I have decided at this time not to pursue the Republican primary nomination for state representative of the 89th District," said Bender, who has been Franklin County treasurer since 2001.

"I am very grateful to those who have supported me in this recent endeavor and will continue to support me in the future as ... Franklin County treasurer," Bender said in the release.

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With Bender's departure, the race to succeed Coy in the 89th District includes three Republicans and one Democrat.

The Republicans are 2002 GOP nominee and attorney Chris Sheffield of Shippensburg, Pa., Greene Township Supervisor Rob Kauffman and Chambersburg businessman Fred Stenger.

Chambersburg businessman Doug Harbach is the only Democrat to announce his candidacy for that party's nomination.

Coy announced last month that he will not seek re-election and will retire after 11 terms in office.

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