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Waynesboro election centers on tax collector

May 05, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The race for Waynesboro's tax collector is the only contested seat in borough government in the May 20 primary election.

Incumbent William D. Elden, a Republican, who has held the tax collector's post for 20 years, is running for his sixth term. He is being challenged in the primary by Republican Delmos E. Oldham Sr., a Waynesboro Council member.

Because no Democrat is running for the tax collector's job, the winner of the primary election will run unopposed in the November general election unless someone mounts a write-in campaign.

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"I can't guarantee to lower taxes," said Elden, who is asking residents to consider his 20 years of experience in the office when they cast their votes.

Elden, a lifelong resident of Waynesboro, lives at 130 S. Broad Street with his wife, Barbara. The couple have four daughters and nine grandchildren.

Oldham, who has owned an insurance agency in Waynesboro for more than 20 years, said he's running for tax collector because he wants to "bring about some positive changes in the tax office."

"As a professional businessman in Waynesboro, I want to bring my expertise to the office and bring the office into the computer age," Oldham said.

Oldham was elected to the Waynesboro Council in 1996 and serves as its liaison for downtown businesses. He also serves on the borough's Main Street Committee and on Renfrew Committee Inc.

A resident of Waynesboro for almost 45 years, Oldham lives with his wife, Francine, at 549 West 8th Street. They have a son.

Waynesboro Mayor Louis M. Barlup Jr., a Republican, is running unopposed for a third term.

If re-elected, Barlup said he plans to concentrate on revitalizing and improving the community during his next term and to encourage businesses and people to move to Waynesboro.

"I have the best interests of the community at heart," Barlup said. "I work endlessly on behalf of the borough to serve as the goodwill ambassador."

Born in Washington Township, Barlup has lived in Waynesboro for 41 years. He served as principal of Waynesboro Area Senior High School for 26 years and before that, 11 years as principal of the junior high school.

He and his wife, Jacqueline live at 111 Myrtle Avenue. The couple have three children and six grandchildren.

Two incumbents on the Waynesboro Council are seeking re-election. Both are unopposed in the primary.

Ardie W. Winters, a Republican, is running for a fourth term on Council because he said he has unfinished business to complete.

"There are things I'd like to see and work on as much as possible to get them done," he said.

One of Winters' top priorities is to work with the planning commission to get a larger supply of water into the borough by maintaining springs and digging wells, among other measures.

As current chairman of the Council's property committee and a member of the street committee, Winters said he wants to see that the streets and alleys in town get the attention they deserve, including resurfacing and repairs.

"All of these things take money," he said, adding that he'd like to work on getting projects completed without raising taxes.

Winters has lived in Waynesboro for 45 years. He and his wife, Charlotte, live at 119 Garfield St. They have two daughters.

Richard A. Starliper is running for his third term on Council because he said it's a way to give back to the community.

"In Pennsylvania, it's not an issue of money," he said. "It's service to the community."

Currently the chairman of the personnel and finance committee, Starliper said he plans to maintain Council's continuity in his next term.

"We're not there as individuals. Everyone is working for the same thing. We're working together," he said.

Starliper has lived in Waynesboro most of his life. He works as an accounts payable supervisor at Western Atlas Inc./Landis in Waynesboro.

He and his wife, Nancy, live at 46 W. Third St. They have two daughters.

Charles E. McCammon, a Democrat, is running unopposed for the seat that will be left vacant by retiring Council President Kinney Stouffer.

McCammon could not be reached for comment.

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