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“relatively pleased” with the end result of the redistricting. Disappointed he will no longer represent the residents of the Bedford County, the senator was happy the newest addition to his district, a portion of Franklin and Perry counties, maintains the rural quality he is accustomed to.
Growing up in southern Blair County, Eichelberger said he has always had many close ties on a friend and family level in neighboring Bedford County.
“You build a lot of friendships and relationships, and then one day everything’s changed,” he said. “It’s like losing a friend ... that’s how I feel about Bedford County.”
The redistricting will result in an eventual closure of Eichelberger’s Bedford County office. He stated his initial reaction or thought is to open the Fulton County office located on Lincoln Way West at Antietam Iron Works on a full-time basis instead of its current one-day-a-week schedule of operations. The move for the time being would enable the senator to better serve residents of Fulton and Franklin counties.
Eichelberger stated at the present time he does have concerns re- garding adding more of Perry County to his existing district. By adding everything from New Bloomfield west, Eichelberger said the area is not only far from where he currently resides in Blair County but is also quite a distance from his other offices. Discussions have been held with other state officials to share office space in that county.
The move though, he added, would allow him to visit the area easily during the evening hours when he is in session in Harrisburg. “Franklin and Perry counties are rural conservative areas,” he noted. “It will be an easy group to deal with ... .”
Eichelberger stated even though Rep. Hess has been through redistricting in the past, this is his first encounter with the remapping of legislative territories.
Hess was unavailable for comment this week. His district also saw a shift eastward and resulted in the loss of a portion of Bedford County.
The delay in instituting the changes was necessary in order for incumbents and legislative candidates to have sufficient time to decide whether or not they will run for office in 2012. Beginning January 24, all interested candidates will have three weeks to circulate nominating petitions and gather signatures in preparation for the spring election.
New Legislative Districts For Rep. Hess And Sen. Eichelberger
78th House District (Hess)
Part of Bedford County
Part of Huntingdon County
Part of Franklin County
(Montgomery, Warren, Peters townships and the Mercersburg Borough)
30th Senatorial District (Eichelberger)
Part of Perry County (everything from New Bloomfield
Part of Franklin County
(Fannett, St. Thomas, Peters,
Montgomery, Warren, Antrim
townships and Greencastle
and Mercersburg boroughs)