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GOP Senate field getting crowded in Pa.

Two more candidates enter race for Punt's seat

Two more candidates enter race for Punt's seat

January 23, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The number of candidates for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat now held by Terry Punt has grown to at least four with a Senate committee director from Adams County and a Waynesboro, Pa., area businessman tossing their hats into the ring.

"I believe this is a great opportunity for change and for a new approach," said Catherine Cresswell of Buchanan Valley, Pa., the executive director of the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee. "My background lends itself well to that position."

"I'll be running for the senatorial position," Robert E. Curley said Tuesday night. Curley is the owner of the Rolling Mill Tavern in Waynesboro and Red Run Grill restaurants in Waynesboro and Chambersburg.

A registered Republican, the 49-year-old Curley described himself as a "hard business guy" when interviewed recently for a position on the Washington Township Municipal Authority.

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Cresswell, 50, a Republican, has worked as a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Banks in Dallas and Washington, D.C., and was vice president and controller of Unitas Bank in Chambersburg. She has worked in both Franklin and Adams counties and is the former president of the Adams County Economic Development Corp.

"There's a lot of challenges for this area with the growth we're experiencing," Cresswell said. Those include preserving farmland and open space, education, reducing reliance on property taxes, controlling spending and continuing state support for Letterkenny Army Depot, she stated in her announcement.

As executive director of the committee, Cresswell said she worked for Punt for four years when he was committee chairman. Sen. Jane Earll, an Erie County Republican, now chairs the committee, she said.

Earlier this month, Jim Taylor of Mercersburg, Pa., chairman of the county Republican Committee announced he was running for the 33rd District seat that includes all of Franklin and Adams counties and a portion of York County.

Punt, who has held the seat for 20 years, announced last week he would not run for a sixth term, citing health concerns.

On Friday, Richard Alloway of Chambersburg resigned his position as the magisterial district judge for Hamilton, Lurgan, Letterkenny, Fannett and Metal townships, saying he plans to explore running for the seat.

Alloway, who is setting up a campaign headquarters in a store front on South Main Street, said his formal announcement will be made Friday. He at one time served on Punt's staff before going to law school and running for the magistrate's office.

Tuesday was the first day to circulate nominating petitions and candidates have until Feb. 12 to file them with the state.

Staff writer Jennifer Fitch contributed to this story.

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