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Kauffman claims GOP win in 89th race

April 28, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Greene Township Supervisor Rob Kauffman was the apparent winner over attorney Chris Sheffield and Chambersburg businessman Fred Stenger in the race for the GOP nomination for the 89th District Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat, according to complete but unofficial primary election returns from Franklin and Cumberland counties.

With all 75 precincts in Franklin County reporting, Kauffman led with 3,593 votes, or 51 percent, compared to 1,842 for Sheffield and 1,557 for Stenger.

With all 96 precincts reporting, Sheffield had 538 votes, or 54 percent, in Cumberland County, his home county. Kauffman had 333 votes and Stenger had 118.

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"It's humbling to know how well our message has resonated with the voters of the 89th District," Kauffman said. "This puts us in a good place to make this a Republican seat this fall.

"We are going to work hard, just as we did in the primary," he said.

Kauffman will face Douglas P. Harbach in the general election in November.

Harbach, a Chambersburg businessman, was the only Democratic candidate for the office and a former legislative aide to Democrat Jeff Coy, who announced earlier this year that he would not run for an 11th term. Coy has endorsed Harbach to succeed him.

Kauffman, 29, of 1349 Fourth Ave., was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1999. He had previously been a legislative assistant of state Rep. Patrick Fleagle, R-90th, and a House district operations specialist.

Earlier this month, Kauffman said his campaign had received about $40,000 from the House Republican Campaign Committee.

Sheffield, 37, of 303 W. King St., Shippensburg, Pa., was the 2002 Republican nominee for the 89th District seat. He lost that race by 477 votes to Coy.

Sheffield campaigned to eliminate school property taxes as part of a larger tax reform program for the state.

Stenger, 55, of 99 Limekiln Drive is the owner of Johnnie's Restaurant and Hotel Service Inc.

Republicans outnumber Democrats 21,354 to 11,933 in the 89th District, according to voter records from Franklin and Cumberland counties.

The district includes the boroughs of Chambersburg, Shippensburg and Orrstown and all or part of Greene, Guilford, Letterkenny, Lurgan and Southampton townships in Franklin County and Southampton and Shippensburg townships in Cumberland County.

Pennsylvania state representatives are paid $64,638 a year, according to The Pennsylvania Manual.

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