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New political group forming in Franklin County

March 12, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A new political group has formed in Franklin County. The Franklin County 9/12 Patriots will hold its first official meeting Tuesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House at 1740 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg.

The meeting is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the group.

The Franklin County 9/12 Patriots was formed last month by Barb Moran and Mary Burkholder, both of Chambersburg.

“No matter where we go, people tell us that they feel alone and helpless in the political process,” Moran said in a news release. “We want people to know that there are others who feel the same way and although it is possible for one person to make a difference, it is much easier when we all work together.

“Our country is facing a crisis, and it is going to take all of us being actively engaged in educating our friends and family about the issues, holding our public servants accountable for the decisions they make, and making sure that everyone exercises their right to vote,” Moran said in the release.

The group will have a two-part focus:

• The 9/12 portion of the group will seek to return our communities to the state that they were the day after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the country, according to the news release.

“The day after the attacks there was no concern about race, religion, or economic status, we were all just Americans trying to help where we could,” Moran said.

The group will seek positive ways to help in the community in order to rebuild the spirit of that day. This will be accomplished through charity events and special community service projects.

• The Patriot part of the group will focus more on the political process. The focus will be on providing guest speakers, handouts and videos that will help to educate the electorate on issues of concern on the local, state and federal levels, the release states.

The group will seek to guide citizens through the process of running for office should they desire to do so. There will also be an emphasis on holding elected officials accountable to their constituents through review of votes and campaign funding.

The group will engage in political activism when necessary through protests and by coordinating letter-writing and phone calls to elected officials on issues affecting the constituents. 

For more information about the Franklin County 9/12 Patriots or the upcoming meeting, call Moran at 717-261-1828.  

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