Manns Choice man planning run against Shuster

A retired Coast Guard captain who lives in Bedford County is making plans to challenge Republican U.S Rep. Bill Shuster for his Ninth District congressional seat.

Art Halvorson, who moved to Manns Choice in 2007 after 29 years of military service, said today that he plans to form an exploratory committee to consider a run for the seat that will be up for grabs in 2014.

“I’m not a politician, so I’m taking each step very deliberately,” Halvorson said.

A public announcement of his intention is scheduled at today’s 5:30 p.m. Tax Day Rally sponsored by the Blair County Tea Party at the Courthouse in Hollidaysburg, where Halvorson is slated to speak.

Halvorson, 57, said his desire to run reflects his dissatisfaction with Washington, D.C.

“This is not a personal thing,” Halvorson said. “This is a question of the direction of the country. … I’m fed up with what’s going on in Washington. I want to fix things.”

In addition to forming an exploratory committee, Halvorson said he expects to initiate a grass roots campaign that will take him around the district.

“I’ll be out meeting the people, where they work, where they play,” he said.

If Halvorson follows through and commits to running, he will take on Shuster, a Republican who has been in office since 2001. Shuster’s last challenger was Karen Ramsburg of Mercersburg in 2012, who collected about 37 percent of the votes cast.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.