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Franklin County GOP committeeman Schooley running for Congress

February 06, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A Franklin County Republican committeeman announced Tuesday that he plans to run for the Ninth District's U.S. House of Representatives seat held by four-term incumbent Bill Shuster.

Travis G. Schooley, 33, of Altenwald Road in Waynesboro, has asked that members of the GOP help him obtain the 1,000 signatures required to appear on ballots during Pennsylvania's primary election April 22.

Schooley pointed to increasing national debt as a reason for running. He said he doesn't want that debt to be passed onto future generations.

"I would like to see less federal spending," Schooley said. "That's one of the things that causes inflation, and when we have inflation, that eats away at the middle class."

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Schooley, a native of Mercersburg, Pa., owns and operates an alpaca farm with his wife, Jill. He works as an environmental land-use planner.

He said that his efforts in Congress would be expanding on the oath he took for the U.S. Army.

"That moment altered my life, and as far as I am concerned, it is a lifelong oath," Schooley said in a press release.

If his campaign is not successful, Schooley said he hopes it at least will provide him with name recognition for future endeavors.

"It has been an aspiration for many years, and when to get involved is a big decision," he said.

In addition to being a county Republican committeeman, Schooley said he is a member of the Young Republicans of Franklin County.

Schooley described himself as "dedicated to conservative principles and the traditional Republican values of lower taxes, limited government, less government spending, economic freedom and personal responsibility." He said he shares many of Shuster's values and does not feel animosity toward the congressman.

Shuster, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., was elected to Congress in a special election after his father, Bud Shuster, retired from office in 2001. The Republican has been re-elected to three full, two-year terms and announced his candidacy for another one Jan. 21.

Tony Barr, Shuster's Democratic opponent in 2006, previously announced he will vie for his party's nomination again this year.

Jim Taylor, chairman of the Franklin County Republican Committee, announced Jan. 9 that he would be running for the 33rd District seat in the Pennsylvania Senate. At the time of Taylor's announcement, 20-year incumbent Terry Punt hadn't yet revealed plans for his retirement.

The Ninth District includes all or parts of 15 counties stretching from near Pittsburgh to Harrisburg.

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