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South Strabane policeman to run for state House in 15th

| Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 11:09 p.m.

South Strabane police Officer John Bruner announced this week that he is running against state Rep. Jim Christiana, a Beaver County Republican whose district has grown to include parts of Washington County.

Bruner, 42, of Buffalo Township is running as a Democrat in the 15th District, which expanded beyond Beaver County in the recent redistricting to include portions of western Washington County. It now covers parts or all of nine Beaver County municipalities and 15 Washington County municipalities.

A former detective for the Greene County District Attorney's Office and a negotiator with the Washington County regional SWAT team, Bruner consults with businesses on how to prepare for and react to robberies and shootings.

He said he is a leasehol-der with Range Resources but supports revisiting the state's oil and gas laws to study applying a severance tax on gas wells.

If elected, Bruner said he or a member of his staff would attend at least 50 municipal, school board or charter meetings a year so he could monitor constituents' concerns.

Christiana said he intends to seek a fourth term. Nominating petitions for the May 20 primary begin circulating next week, he said.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or msantoni@tribweb.com.

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