Ballot for Shuster’s seat to have four options

At least four candidates are tentatively set to appear on primary ballots for the congressional seat held by Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, according to state records and announcements from the hopefuls.

Shuster, Bedford County developer Art Halvorson and Franklin County farmer-business owner Travis Schooley are set to vie for the Republican spot, barring any successful challenges in the coming week. Franklin County activist Alanna Hartzok, who ran against Shuster in 2001 as a the Green Party candidate, could appear on the Democratic ballot, according to state data.

Tuesday afternoon marked the state deadline for nomination petitions for the May 20 primary ballot. Pennsylvania candidates for the U.S. House must collect at least 1,000 names.

On Monday, Schooley said he had gathered nearly 2,300 signatures from district voters. In 2012, Shuster’s supporters challenged Schooley’s signatures and had him removed from the ballot.

“We just had people out on the streets,” Schooley said of the latest effort.

In a news release Tuesday, Halvorson said he had gathered more than 3,000 signatures during the three-week nomination period.

“We have been a true grassroots organization from the start, and we are going to continue mobilizing patriots eager to reach out to voters all over the 9th District and show them that I will be a limited government congressman,” Halvorson said.

In an early drive for support, Shuster’s campaign announced on Feb. 21 that the congressman had reached 1,000 signatures weeks before the deadline. His campaign manager said at the time that it was the first nomination petition submitted for any Pennsylvania office this election season.

Hartzok, the Franklin County-based codirector of the Earth Rights Institute, appears on state lists as the only Democrat on the ballot. In a 2001 special election, Hartzok, then a Green Party candidate, opposed Shuster and Democrat H. Scott Conklin for the seat.

Her next step, she told the Chambersburg Public Opinion on Tuesday, is to open a website and gather a campaign team.

Mirror Staff Writer Ryan Brown is at 946-7457.