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Green Party candidate running for 33rd District seat in Pa.

Write-in campaign candidate Andy Johnson opposes Turnpike toll hikes; wants to tax high-sugar drinks and plastic products

Write-in campaign candidate Andy Johnson opposes Turnpike toll hikes; wants to tax high-sugar drinks and plastic products

May 02, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A former Adams County, Pa., man has announced a write-in campaign for the open seat to represent the 33rd District of the Pennsylvania Senate.

Andy Johnson, 40, recently moved to Waynesboro.

Johnson, a member of the Green Party, announced his intentions after Pennsylvania's April 22 primary election. As a result, he would've needed to collect signatures for nominating papers to appear on ballots in November.

The number of signatures would need to be equivalent to 2 percent of the votes cast in the district in 2004.

"Two percent of the vote in Franklin County, that alone would be more than 1,600 signatures," said Jean Byers, deputy chief clerk for Franklin County, Pa.

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"We're going to go with a write-in campaign and not even bother with that," Johnson said.

Johnson left a job in York County, Pa., to join his fiance in Waynesboro. He graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1985 and has a webmaster certificate from York College.

Johnson said high gasoline prices are the biggest issue facing voters in the 33rd District, which includes all of Franklin and Adams counties as well as part of York County.

"We are being badly gouged by the oil companies. ... Republicans and Democrats refuse to do anything about it. They talk about taxing the windfall profits, but that's not going to do anything at the pumps," Johnson said.

Johnson also wants to place higher sales tax on high-sugar drinks and plastic products in exchange for reducing the property tax burden. Johnson also is opposed to proposals to raise tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike because he said that will send more traffic onto already congested U.S. 30.

"I would also introduce legislation banning the use of bovine growth hormone on our dairy farms in the commonwealth," Johnson said, explaining that the hormone could cause health risks.

Richard Alloway II of Chambersburg, Pa., won the GOP nomination for the seat in the primary election. Alloway worked for state Sen. Terry Punt, who announced he would retire at the end of the current four-year term.

While final write-in information has not been made available, Democrat Bruce Tushingham of New Oxford, Pa., was enjoying a healthy lead in write-in votes from his party. He could secure a spot on the November ballots.

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