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Deadline to candidates to file for Pa. primary extended

February 13, 2008|By DON AINES

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Due to the snowstorm sweeping the state, the deadline for filing nominating petitions for the April 22 Pennsylvania primary was extended to noon Thursday, a Department of State spokesman said Tuesday.

Gov. Ed Rendell signed the executive order extending the deadline to file the petitions, but not the deadline for collecting the number of signatures needed to appear on the ballot, spokesman Kevin Murphy said. The original deadline was 5 p.m. Tuesday, but Murphy said the deadline was extended because of the difficulty some candidates might have experienced traveling to Harrisburg, Pa., due to weather conditions.

The Pennsylvania Department of State Web site listed four GOP candidates as having filed their nominating petitions for the 33rd District State Senate seat as of Tuesday afternoon: Former Magisterial District Judge Richard Alloway of Chambersburg, Pa.; Jim Taylor of Mercersburg, Pa., the chairman of the Franklin County Republican Committee; businessman Bob Curley of Waynesboro, Pa.; and Catherine Cresswell of Adams County, director of the Senate's Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee.

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Republican Sen. Terry Punt announced last month he would retire after 20 years in the Senate.

In the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Reps. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin-Cumberland, and Todd Rock, R-Franklin, had no primary opponents listed on the department Web site and no Democrats had filed petitions.

State Rep. Mark Keller, R-Perry-Franklin, had a primary opponent listed, Michael J. Lapp of Perry County.

For the U.S. House of Representatives, incumbent Bill Shuster, R-9th, was listed as being unopposed, although another Republican, Travis Schooley, has announced he would try to get the 1,000 signatures needed for his name to be on the ballot.

Shuster's 2006 general election opponent, Tony Barr, has filed to run in the Democratic primary.

A Libertarian announced that he will attempt to get his name on the November ballot for the 33rd District State Senate seat.

Jeremiah D. Hornbaker, 30, of Mercersburg, said today he will attempt to get the 1,676 signatures needed for his name to appear on the November ballot. State election law requires a candidate get signatures on nominating papers equal to at least 2 percent of the votes cast in the senatorial district in the preceding election, in this case the 2004 election.

He has until Aug. 1 to get the required number of signatures, said Franklin County Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers. Unlike in the primary, where Republican and Democratic Senate candidates must get 500 signatures from people registered in their respective parties, Byers said any registered voter in the senatorial district can sign a nominating paper.

Hornbaker is a self-employed logger with his family's sawmill business and has a forestry degree from Penn State Mont Alto. He served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve and is president of the Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield.

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