Former supervisor aims to unseat incumbent

May 12, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The race for a six-year term supervisor's position is the only contested seat in this year's primary election in Washington Township.

Incumbent Paul Benchoff, 71, a Republican, is running for his third term as supervisor.

He is being challenged by former supervisor, Shirley Grove, 62, also a Republican.

Benchoff said he is seeking re-election so that he can complete some of the projects the current board has started.

Continuing to develop the township's recycling center, the recently acquired Pine Hill recreation area, upgrading Red Run Park, and overseeing highway and road improvements are some of the goals Benchoff said he wants to follow through in his next term.

Benchoff said voters should consider that the tax base has remained the same since he was first elected.

"Without an increase in the tax base we have built up the reserve account," he said.


Benchoff is past chairman of the board of supervisors and currently sits on the transfer/recycling committee and the roads and streets committee. He also represents the township on the tax bureau and serves as chairman of the Washington Township Municipal Authority.

Benchoff, a retired school teacher in the Waynesboro Area School District for 32 years, has lived most of his life in Washington Township. He is a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.

He and his wife, Eleanor, live at 302 Geiser Avenue. They have two daughters and four grandsons.

Grove, who served on the board for nine years after her 1976 election, said she's running for the post again because she has "a lot of concerns," primarily in regards to legal action involving the township.

"I would like to see that cease," she said.

If elected, Grove said she plans to look into regionalizing some of the services, including the police department and water and sewer.

The candidate also wants to keep an eye on financial issues in the township.

"I think I did a good job before," Grove said. "We were able to keep the taxes down and yet provide the services the people needed and wanted."

Grove, who recently retired from the federal government, said she's ready to get back into local politics "to work for the people."

A lifelong resident of Washington Township, Grove lives with her husband of 44 years at 11446 Eigenbrode Lane. The couple have two children, five grandchildren and a step-grandchild.

The election is May 20.

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