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Fleagle announces bid for re-election to Pa. legislature

February 20, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - State Rep. Patrick E. Fleagle has officially announced his intentions to seek re-election to a 10th term representing the 90th District, saying that "everything goes by seniority in Harrisburg."

Fleagle, R-Franklin, said there are seven committee chairmanships opening soon due to retirements, and he hopes to be selected chairman of the House Appropriations Committee by his peers in the Republican Caucus.

The district has "always taken a back seat, I think, just because we haven't had the experience and seniority in Harrisburg," Fleagle said in a telephone interview Sunday.

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In a news release, he said that Franklin County will no longer "be viewed as being at the back of the line or second to the larger urban areas."

Fleagle, 54, of Waynesboro, was first elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1988, following several years as mayor of Waynesboro and a member of the Waynesboro Borough Council.

He faces opposition in this year's race from two Republicans - Ronald E. Eberly, 63, of Greencastle, Pa., and Todd Rock, 42, of Mont Alto, Pa., - and one Democrat, Doug Hodges, 59, of Greencastle.

Fleagle said the contested race has "rejuvenated" him and his supporters, encouraging them to produce more mailings and door-to-door visits to "remind people of what we've done in the past 18 years."

The race hasn't been this heavily contested since his first primary election, Fleagle said.

Fleagle claims that during his tenure as state representative, he has worked to ensure Franklin County receives its "fair share" of community development funds, education funding and "programs aimed at benefiting our region as a whole."

He said he has secured nearly $4 million in grant money for communities, schools and economic development.

"I have worked hard to protect the property rights of our senior citizens, voting already to totally eliminate property taxes and later to freeze the taxes of those earning below certain income levels," said Fleagle. "We need to continue the fight for meaningful property tax reform for all our citizens."

Fleagle acknowledged that the county faces unprecedented growth, prompting elected officials "to investigate this important issue, resulting in potential legislation aimed at giving our local elected persons more options when planning for and controlling growth."

He said he has served on the National Governor's Association Pathways to Advancement Panel and House Select Committee on Workforce Development to create and maintain high-quality jobs.

Fleagle, vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, is a 1969 graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School and 1973 graduate of Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.

He serves on the boards of directors of Summit Health, Quincy United Methodist Home, Waynesboro Area Advanced Life Support and the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation.

Fleagle is a certified emergency medical technician. On Saturday morning, he briefly left a senior fair he was hosting to run an ambulance call.

He and his wife of 32 years, M. Jane (Wolff), are members of Calvary Assembly of God Church in Waynesboro, where he is a Sunday school teacher.

Voters from the 90th District, which encompasses the southern part of Franklin County, will go to the polls May 16 for the primary election.

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