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Curley to seek GOP nod for Pa. Senate seat

January 24, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro businessman has announced his candidacy for the Pennsylvania State Senate seat representing the 33rd District.

Robert E. "Bob" Curley circulated petitions Wednesday to start collecting the 500 signatures needed to appear on Republican ballots during Pennsylvania's April 22 primary election.

Curley, who said he's "always had an interest in running for political office," joins announced GOP candidates Catherine Cresswell of Adams County, Pa., and Jim Taylor of Mercersburg, Pa. Republican Richard Alloway of Chambersburg, Pa., resigned his position as a magisterial district judge to explore running.

"My goal is to be a representative of the people, be the people's choice. I'm not a lobbyist," said Curley, 49, who lives in Washington Township.

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Curley said he wants to use the signature-collection period to learn what constituents feel the needs of the district are. The 33rd District includes Franklin County, Adams County and a portion of York County.

Terry Punt, who has held the seat for 20 years, announced last week that he would not run for another four-year term. Curley said he believes he could bring back as much, if not more, grant money than Punt.

"I'm a hard-nosed, hard-working individual who will get for this district everything it deserves," Curley said.

Curley, a member and former chairman of the Pennsylvania Logo Trust, owns Rolling Mill Restaurant and Red Run Grill in Rouzerville. He also owns another Red Run Grill in Chambersburg.

"In the last three years, I've created probably 60 jobs in the county myself. ... We need growth in this area. I think we're in a very challenging time right now," Curley said.

Leaders should take advantage of the current slowdown in the housing market to plan for the next boom, he said.

Curley and his wife, Lynn, have four children in college and a 14-year-old in high school. He enjoys working with his racehorses in his free time.

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