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Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran announces candidacy for Chambersburg mayor

January 27, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has announced his candidacy for mayor of Chambersburg.

Darren Brown, 32, said he wants to review police operations to ensure the most efficient use of tax money, ensure transparency for government operations, and establish and strengthen partnerships with nonprofit organizations.

Chambersburg’s mayor oversees its borough police department. That position is just one of many that will appear on ballots in the May 21 primary election and Nov. 5 municipal election.

Brown, a Republican, said in a news release that he would review the police budget if elected. He called Chambersburg’s police officers “among the most professional people in law enforcement.”

He pledged to “make sure every penny is accounted for in the budget and explain where tax money is being spent.”

Brown moved back to the Chambersburg area when his service in the U.S. Army concluded. The 1999 Chambersburg Area Senior High School graduate met his wife, Christy, at King Street Church. He now attends Shippensburg (Pa.) University and works at Sheetz.

“In a time when people are demanding fiscal responsibility and discipline, government must look to utilize non-profit organizations that provide great services. These organizations will enhance the services that the borough already provides,” Brown said in the news release. “This will give government the opportunity to lower fiscal strains on an already tight budget.”

Brown said he believes that government is “not the answer to all problems in society” and said he wants to lead the borough to use other resources to support its citizens.

Brown will hold a campaign kickoff at noon Monday in front of the courthouse.

For more information, call 717-473-0152; send an email to darrenbrownchambersburg@gmail.com; or go to the following social media sites: www.twitter.com/DBrown17201, www.youtube.com/DBrown17201 and www.facebook.com/DBrown17201.

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