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A Newville woman has announced her intention to run for the 199th House District seat as a Democrat.

Janelle Kayla Crossley said Tuesday in a news release that she “believes it is time for a blue-collar representative” who will listen and work for and with her constituents on concerns and issues they have.

“Silver spoon representation needs to come to an end. It is time for a representative that is for their constituents, not for their own personal gain and recognition,” Crossley said.

“If you, the people of the 199th District, want a representative who cares and works on your personal issues with you and keeps you involved in what she is doing, Janelle Kayla Crossley wants to be that person,” she said in an email. “It is time to vote for your American values: equality, equity and justice. In the weeks and months ahead if you see Janelle, please stop and say hi and mention to her, you want her as your representative.”

Crossley is facility manager for a health care facility.

Bloom holds the seat, but had announced his intention to seek the congressional seat for the 11th District after U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta announced his intention to run against U.S. Sen. Bob Casey for his seat. Bloom is now considering his options following redistricting.

The 199th is one of two local state House districts that will be open in the 2018 election. Rep. Will Tallman has announced that he will not seek re-election in the 193rd District.

Crossley is the first Democrat to announce a run for the seat. On the Republican side, local attorney Jason Kelso and Barb Gleim, former president of the Cumberland Valley School District Board, have announced bids for the seat.

The district covers Carlisle Borough, Dickinson Township, Lower Frankford Township, Lower Mifflin Township, Middlesex Township, Newville Borough, North Middleton Township, Upper Frankford Township, Upper Mifflin Township, West Pennsboro Township and part of Silver Spring Township.

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