Flannery to seek re-election


CHAMBERSBURG—Franklin County Commissioner John Flannery has announced his candidacy for re-election in the Republican Primary on May 16.

“I ran on a fiscally conservative platform and promised to serve no more than two terms in this position; it is my intention to honor that promise and continue to represent citizen and taxpayer interests in our county government,” Flannery said. “The last few years have not been an easy first term, but I am proud to say that I have advocated against unnecessary county expenditures. I am also proud to have advocated against any tax increases, which we have avoided. If re-elected, I will continue to work with fellow elected officials and county staff to provide the best possible services and programs, as efficiently as possible. As the Prison Board chairman, I’ve worked one on one with our board, the warden and staff, and law enforcement to ensure the jail is operating smoothly.” 

Flannery is heavily involved with the local community and has owned and operated four businesses in Franklin County, employing hundreds of people in the last 16 years. John and his wife, Allison (Ame) started Flannery’s Tavern in Mercersburg in 2005 (sold in 2018) and the John Allison Public House in Greencastle in 2010 (sold in 2022).

He began his working life as a construction laborer, working his way into management and eventually starting his own businesses. He also studied business and leadership at Hagerstown Community College. In addition to community involvement, he was recently elected chairman of the Franklin County Housing Authority and serves on 17 other boards and commissions.

Flannery is Vice Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Committee, was active in the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce, serving as a board member for nine years, and as chairperson for two years. He was also a member of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and was the founder and chairperson of one of their major, annual fundraising events. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for the Tuscarora Education Foundation and on several community-minded committees.

Flannery, 53, lives in Guilford Township with Ame, his wife of 29 years and their furry friends, Bella and Rockie. Their son, Jonathan, graduated from James Buchanan High School.

“I am fiscally conservative and want to continue to ensure that we are operating our county government and providing for public safety and human services as responsibly and effectively as possible. In 2019, I ran on a platform of transparency, during my time in office I have consistently attended events across the county; I am a guest every two weeks on News Talk 103.7 FM; we now live stream our commissioner meetings; and I pride myself on being responsive to citizen and taxpayer questions and requests.

For more information about John and his campaign, please visit www.flanneryforcommissioner.com, or find the campaign on Facebook “John Flannery for County Commissioner”.

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