Willow Hill farmer seeks seat in Pa. House

Written by Jim Hook/The Chambersburg Public Opinion | Feb 8, 2018 6:33 PM

James Junkin of Willow Hill is seeking the Republican nomination in 2018 to represent the 82nd District in the Pennsylvania HOuse of Representatives. (Photo: Courtesy)

(Willow Hill) -- James S. Junkin, a Franklin County farmer, has announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for state representative in the 82nd Legislative District.

Junkin made his announcement after Rep. C. Adam Harris, R-MIfflintown, announced he will not seek re-election.

Junkin, 55, has been involved with the local community for many years. He has served as board president for the Fannett-Metal School District and vice chairman of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. He is a past president of the Franklin County Farm Bureau, where he currently serves on the Legislative Committee.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the First Community Bank of Mercersburg. He has been a board member of the Franklin Learning Center. He is a life member of the Metal Township Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Co.

"Being a farmer and small business owner myself, I understand many of the challenges the constituents of the 82nd District face," Junkin said. "I look forward to addressing these issues and serving the residents of Juniata, Mifflin, and Franklin counties."

A graduate of Fannett-Metal High School, Junkin continued his education at the Auto & Diesel College in Nashville, Tennessee. He left a career in the transportation industry to return to the family farm. He has been actively farming since 1997. He currently owns Junk-Inn Farms LLC with his son, Ben.

Junkin lives in Willow Hill with his wife of 35 years, Judith. He has three grown children - Megan, Alan, and Ben.

The district includes St. Thomas, Fannett and Metal townships in Franklin County as well as all of Juniata County and parts of Mifflin County. Candidates must file nominating petitions by March 20 for the May 15 Primary.

For more information, contact Junkin at

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The Chambersburg Public Opinion. 

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