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Many candidates have no opponents

March 13, 1997

By RICHARDF. BELISLE

Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Dozens of candidates who met Tuesday's filing deadline for the Franklin County, Pa. primary on May 20 - for offices from Common Pleas Court judge to election inspectors - have no opponent.

Topping the list of unopposed candidates is Waynesboro, Pa., attorney Richard J. Walsh, 47. Until Tuesday Walsh was opposed by Chambersburg attorney Patrick J. Redding. Redding said Tuesday that he withdrew from of the race because of family considerations.

Common Pleas Court judges in Franklin County earn about $101,000 a year.

County Treasurer Steve Minnich, who completes his first four-year term this year, is unopposed. Minnich supervises a three-member department responsible for taking in all the revenue for the county's $50 million annual budget. His office also hands out hunting and dog licenses and raffle and bingo permits. The job pays about $39,000 a year, Minnich said.

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The county's two jury commissioners, responsible for selecting jurors for court trials from the county's registered voter lists, are also unopposed. Assured of reelection are Republican Robert S. Little, seeking a fourth, four-year term, and Rowe Byers, a Democrat seeking his third term. Jury commissioners earn $8,000 a year, Little said.

Election officials Wednesday said the name of Pamela Ott, a candidate for the Greencastle/Antrim school district, was erroneously omitted from the candidates' list.

In other Greencastle election news, Barbara Bock is running for a borough council seat in the GOP primary.

Bernard Washbaugh, an incumbent Democratic Chambersburg borough councilman, filed for reelection.

Robert Ternes, incumbent president of the Waynesboro, Pa., school board, is seeking re-election.

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