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Fleagle, Rock headed for Nov. 7 showdown

October 30, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Republicans Patrick E. Fleagle and Todd A. Rock squared off in the GOP primary and will do so again in the general election in the race for the 90th District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

In May, Rock took the GOP nomination from Fleagle, a nine-term incumbent, by 111 votes in a primary that brought out about 6,500 district Republicans.

However, the county board of elections soon announced that both candidates had received enough write-in votes from Democrats to appear on ballots as their candidate Nov. 7. Both Franklin County natives filed the paperwork to be considered for that nomination, which ultimately went to Fleagle by just three write-in votes.

All this leaves Rock listed as the Republican nominee and Fleagle as the Democratic nominee on ballots for voters in Franklin County's 90th District, which is comprised of Antrim, Guilford, Hamilton, Montgomery, Peters, Quincy and Warren townships, and the boroughs of Greencastle, Mercersburg, Mont Alto and Waynesboro.

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State representatives are elected for two-year terms with an annual salary of $72,187.

Rock, 43, is a Mont Alto, Pa., resident and masonry teacher at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center.

Fleagle, 55, lives in Waynesboro and worked at Grove Manufacturing before being elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Rock is a member of the Waynesboro Area School Board. Fleagle is a former Waynesboro councilman and mayor.

The two Waynesboro Area Senior High School graduates support expanding the state's sales tax to create property tax relief. They also agree that local governments need to be given controls over rapid growth.

Rock in campaigning has championed government reform and blasted Fleagle for accepting a legislative pay raise in 2005, while Fleagle has often said his candidate has no record or experience.

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