Fannett, Metal, and St. Thomas: Redistricting to Impact Local Townships

The Legislative Reapportionment Commission has proposed dissolving the district (82nd) that serves Fannett, Metal, and St. Thomas townships in Franklin County. Representative John Hershey has supported the 82nd District since 2019; and serves on the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Government Oversight, Health, Appropriations and Judiciary committees. The representative focuses on protecting family farms, ensuring fiscal prudence and strengthening the state’s business climate. He and his wife live in Juniata County.

“Every Wednesday, people from Fannett, Metal and St. Thomas townships come to my district offices in Fannettsburg and St. Thomas. They come seeking help with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation forms; Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications, copies of birth certificates, unemployment compensation, and more,” said Hershey. “I’ve been proud to offer satellite office hours and talented staff members to assist them close to home.”

The Proposal

The Path Valley joins the Juniata Valley in forming the 82nd Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives – for now. The 82nd District, which I represent, brings together Mifflin, Juniata and northwestern Franklin counties.

The Legislative Reapportionment Commission has proposed dissolving the 82nd District and annexing its communities into other districts, which have population centers based in Huntingdon and Union counties.

The maps below show the changes featured in the Legislative Reapportionment Commission’s draft maps. Hershey stated, “I have serious concerns about what the proposal could mean for the region.”

Redistricting Plan

Make your voice heard

Representative John Hershey

Pennsylvanians with similar concerns about the maps can make their voices heard by submitting comments at www.redistricting.state.pa.us; or sending them in writing to 2021 Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission, P.O. Box 203079, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Feedback must be uploaded or received (not simply postmarked) by Jan. 18.

“When the commission focuses on what are called communities of interest, I feel it makes sense to keep rural communities together when they have shared services, values and ways of life.” Hershey continued, “It has been my honor in recent years to meet so many constituents, including the residents of Fannett, Metal and St. Thomas townships.”

The satellite office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Metal Township Fire Hall and the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at St. Thomas Fire Hall. Please call the phone numbers listed above if there is inclement weather that could affect hours.

If you have any questions about the commission’s proposal or want to speak with Representative Hershey, call to the Mifflintown office at 717-436-6001 or Lewistown office at 717-242-0423.

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