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Pa. filing deadline brings few new candidates

March 08, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The unofficial list of candidates is in for the May 16 Pennsylvania primary and some state legislators from this area will face challenges for their party's nomination.

State Rep. Patrick Fleagle, R-90th, will face primary opposition for the first time since his initial run for office in 1988.

Todd Rock, a Waynesboro (Pa.) School Board member, and Ronald E. Eberly, a Greencastle, Pa., businessman and former Antrim Township supervisor, both filed nominating petitions to be on the GOP ballot, according to the unofficial candidates list posted Tuesday on the Pennsylvania Department of State Web site.

"I'm working harder now than I ever have and I think I'm more effective than I've ever been," said Fleagle, who is running for a 10th two-year term. The vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Fleagle said his seniority and experience in the House are good reasons for voters to re-elect him.

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"People are saying 'No' to career politicians and want to have term limits," said Rock, who favors limiting House members to 10 or 12 years in office. The pay raise legislators voted themselves last summer was one reason he "decided to step out of my comfort zone" and run for office.

"It's good for people to have a choice," Eberly said. "I believe it's time for new enthusiasm, new trust and a new desire to work with everyone to solve the problems."

The winner of the primary will have a clear shot at the seat in November. Democrat Doug Hodges of Upton, Pa., withdrew Friday, saying he was short of the necessary 300 petition signatures. Tuesday was the filing deadline.

First-term Republican incumbent Rob Kauffman, R-89th, will be unopposed in the primary, according to the unofficial list. Andrew Alosi of Chambersburg was the lone Democrat to file a petition, according to the Web site.

Mark Keller, R-86th, whose district includes the northwest portion of Franklin County, will be unopposed in the primary and no Democrat filed to run.

In the 91st District, which includes Adams County and a small portion of eastern Franklin County, Republican incumbent Stephen R. Maitland will face Dan Moul in the GOP primary. Patrick L. Naugle and Alan Henry have filed to run for the Democratic nomination, according to the Web site.

Senate President Pro Tempore Robert C. Jubelirer, R-30th, has two Republican challengers, John H. Eichelberger Jr. and C. Arnold McClure, according to the list. A Democrat, Greg Morris, also is running in the district, which includes Fulton County.

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., has a clear field in his bid for re-election in the 9th Congressional District. No other Republican or Democratic candidates filed to run in the primary, according to the unofficial list.

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