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Kauffman opens district office in Chambersburg

December 21, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The furnishings were spartan and the walls bare, but 89th District state Representative-elect Rob Kauffman's Chambersburg district office in the Kerrstown Square building was open for its first day of business Monday.

"We're trying to do everything as economically as possible," Kauffman said of the first-floor office suite at 166 S. Main St. Some of the furniture is new, but "we also got some hand-me-downs from other legislative offices and got some of it at auction," he said.

Kauffman, who was elected to a two-year term on Nov. 2, said he has to keep office expenses down because he also plans to open a district office in Shippensburg, Pa., in early January.

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"This is a nice one-stop shop because Sen. (Terry) Punt is right next door, so we can help our constituents and work together," Kauffman said. One of the 33rd District Republican senator's district offices is in Kerrstown Square.

Kauffman, who will continue to serve as a Greene Township supervisor until Dec. 31, will be sworn in Jan. 4, in Harrisburg, Pa. He replaces former 89th District state Rep. Jeff Coy, who did not run for a 12th term and resigned his seat in September when he was named to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Coy also maintained offices in Shippensburg and Chambersburg, Kauffman said.

Constituent services offered through the district offices will include helping residents obtain driver's license, vehicle registration and other Pennsylvania Department of Transportation forms, locating birth and death certificates, assisting senior citizens with property tax and rent rebate applications and PACE forms and students grants and loans, Kauffman said.

Penny Stoner, a former Chambersburg School Board member, has been hired as the full-time legislative assistant at the Chambersburg office and Shelly Hoffman will be the full-time legislative assistant in Shippensburg. Jordan Conner and Linda Golden also have been hired as legislative assistants and will split their time between the offices, Kauffman said.

Golden was the chief of staff for state Rep. Allan Egolf, R-86th, who retired at the end of his term this year.

The Chambersburg office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, Kauffman said. The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays to accommodate residents who cannot make it in during normal business hours, he said.

Kauffman said he anticipates a similar schedule in the Shippensburg office.

The telephone number of the Chambersburg office is 264-3943 and the fax number is 264-2893.

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