CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. —State Rep. Rob Kauffman won re-election to a fifth term Tuesday, defeating his political challenger from Shippensburg, Pa.
Kauffman, a Republican, received 18,034 votes, compared to the 11,746 cast for Democrat Susan Spicka in the race for the 89th District seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, according to complete, but unofficial results from two counties.
The 89th District represents portions of Franklin and Cumberland counties, primarily the Chambersburg and Shippensburg areas.
In Franklin County, where Kauffman lives, he received 15,335 of the 18,128 votes cast in the 25 precincts, Franklin County Election Board returns show.
Spicka’s home county, Cumberland County, gave her 2,749 votes to 2,699 for Kauffman, according to online results from the Cumberland County Elections Board.
Kauffman, 38, of Scotland, Pa., was first elected in November 2004. He focused on jobs and the economy during the election.
“We’re in a hub here. So, we have an improving business climate. The transportation infrastructure at (Interstate) 81 and the proximity to huge populations on the East Coast make us a great place to grow a business,” Kauffman said in a pre-election interview.
As a former English teacher and co-founder of Education Matters, Spicka, 42, said her first priority would have been reforming how the state funds charter schools.
The two candidates participated in a debate July 11 on WEEO 103.7 FM radio.
89th District, Pa. House of Representatives
Kauffman ... 15,335
Spicka ... 8,997
Kauffman ... 2,699
Kauffman ... 18,034
Spicka ... 11,746