Franklin County Commissioner Keller plans to run for re-election

David Keller says he believes progress has been made in all of his first-term goals

January 18, 2011
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioner David Keller announced Tuesday he intends to seek re-election in 2011.

Keller, a Republican, was first elected in November 2007.

"I believe we've accomplished a lot over these past three years. I think the bottom line is this — with the help of a very capable management team and our employees, and the cooperation of our fellow elected officials and the courts, we have made very good progress in a number of key aspects of county government," Keller said in a news release.  

Keller, 41, is a 1987 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School who holds a bachelor's degree in government from Franklin & Marshall College. He has a law degree and was admitted to both the Franklin County and Pennsylvania Bar.

Before become a county commissioner, Keller worked as a computer network consultant. He also served in the U.S. Navy Reserve as an intelligence specialist.

He was chosen chairman of the board of commissioners in January 2010.

In announcing his campaign to nearly 50 people at a morning event, Keller talked about his goals from 2007. He said he wanted to improve substance abuse prevention and treatment, sustain farmland preservation, promote economic development, reduce the percentage of local tax dollars being spent on the administration of criminal justice, practice good growth management and improve efficiency in government.

Keller, who lives in Hamilton Township, said he believes progress has been made in all of those areas in his first term.

"We have maintained one of the lowest tax rates in the state with no tax increase this year and only a marginal increase of $9 for the average homeowner in 2010. The county has improved its credit rating to a AA credit rating, we have maintained a strong cash position, which sustained essential government services during the 2009 state budget crisis, and we continue to maintain a fully funded pension obligation," Keller said.

Keller, who said his background in information technology has assisted him in making government more efficient, said he wants to build upon the progress already made.

"I think the current board of commissioners has a good working relationship that is a strong basis for planning as best as we can for the future, while taking on challenges as they come and working toward a consensus for a solution that is in the best interest of our fellow citizens," Keller said.

The primary election is May 17. Commissioners are paid $70,000 a year.

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