Franklin County Dems Make Endorsements

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On Monday, the Franklin County Democratic Committee announced their endorsements for the November 6th election.

Stephen Harris, Chair of the Franklin County Dems, said that it “is important that we announce our support for these Democratic Candidates early so we can go forward with a unified approach to support those who care about educational excellence, affordable healthcare and maintaining and expanding our middle class.”

The Committee has endorsed Susan Spicka for the 89th Pennsylvania House District, Bruce Neylon for the 33rd Pennsylvania Senatorial District, and Karen Ramsburg for the 9th U.S. Congressional District.

In announcing the endorsements, Harris added that “the coming months will be critical in assuring that we keep the electorate informed and energized in order to give purpose to their votes in the November election.”

The first step for the Franklin Dems in getting out the Democratic votes in deep red Franklin County is an “Ice Cream Open House” at their new headquarters at 256 S Main Street , Chambersburg, PA from 11AM to 4:00 PM on Aug. 25, 2012, with a formal ribbon cutting at 1:00 PM.

“We now have a centralized location to bring together our diverse community to focus our efforts on sharing our Democratic principles and electing the 2012 Democratic candidates,” said Harris.

According to Harris, the new headquarters will serve as the focal point for the efforts of the Chambersburg Democratic Committee, the Greencastle-Antrim Democratic Committee, the Waynesboro Democratic Committee and “all Franklin County citizens who are interested in maintaining and electing officials at all levels of government who care about affordable health care, maintaining the middle class and growth in jobs and the economy.”

Bruce Neylon

Bruce Neylon, who will face incumbent Republican Richard Alloway in November for the State Senate 33rd District which includes Franklin, Adams and parts of York County, said that one of his primary concerns is how Governor Corbett, with the support of Senator Alloway, balanced the State budget with huge cuts to education and how these cuts are effecting the average resident of the 33rd district.

“School districts all over Adams, Franklin and York counties are raising taxes this year. Corbett and Alloway’s cuts are being paid for right out of your pocket. They balanced their budget by squeezing your household budget.”

Neylon resides in Gettysburg with his wife and is new to politics. When asked why he chose to run for office he said, “I think it is long overdue that we send someone to Harrisburg who is an average Pennsylvanian and wants to work for average Pennsylvanians.”

Susan Spicka

“I’m proud to have been endorsed by the Franklin County Democrats, a group that is principled and deeply committed to standing up for working families,” said Susan Spicka in a statement to Keystone Politics.

Spicka explained that she is proud to have the full support of the county party because “we share a strong commitment to creating jobs here in Franklin County, to strengthening our public schools, to rebuilding our roads and bridges, to protecting human service programs that aid our most vulnerable neighbors, and to fighting for tax fairness.”

Spicka is challenging Representative Rob Kauffman in a deep-red district.  But Kauffman has made an almost comically long series of campaign mistakes and hot-headed remarks that have started to change the dynamic of the race for the 89th district.

Further complicating things for Kauffman, the Independent candidate in the race, Shippensburg Borough Councilman Steven Brenize, dropped out of the race and endorsed Susan Spicka.  Brenize then held a press conference after dropping out and proceeded to eviscerate Rep. Kauffman, describing him as a “politician who is more concerned about the agenda of the state party and finding great photo ops than the needs of those he is elected to represent.”

The Spicka campaign said that they plan on making more waves in what should have been calm waters for Rep Kauffman at their “Splash Party” at the Chambersburg Country Club outdoor pool this coming Sunday after a week of knocking doors and making calls.  Spicka will be talking with area families about her plans for education, creating jobs, and supporting our community.

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About Jake Sternberger

Jake Sternberger was a contributing writer at Keystone Politics from 2011 to 2014.
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3 Responses to Franklin County Dems Make Endorsements

  1. John Cooper says:

    This website is absolute trash, makes the chambersburg public opinion read like the NY Times.