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Mont Alto regains mayor, full Council

January 27, 1998

Mont Alto regains mayor, full Council

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Government in Mont Alto is back to full strength.

The borough once again has a full slate of officers, including a mayor and seven council members, Borough Secretary Patricia Kocek said Monday.

For a while last fall, up to the general election on Nov. 5, it looked as though the borough government might have to dissolve because there were no candidates on the ballot.

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But 40 percent of the borough's registered voters turned out to cast write-in ballots.

Elected on write-ins were Council members Michael Gossard, an incumbent who was appointed to the council in October; David Meeder; P.E. Nunemaker, the borough's maintenance supervisor; and Mary Lowson, an incumbent who, like Gossard, did not file for re-election.

Gossard, Nunemaker and Meeder waged write-in campaigns.

Three new members were appointed last week, including Thomas Lowson, Mary Lowson's husband and until Dec. 31 the council's president, Jamie L. Reed and Douglas Duffey.

Thomas Lowson picked up eight write-in votes in November, enough to win the mayor's seat, but he declined the office, choosing instead to stay on as a councilman.

The council last week also appointed Debra Wall to a four-year term as mayor. She replaces Frank Gilreath, who did not seek re-election.

Gilreath said last fall that he wasn't going to run again because the town no longer had a police department. He said the mayor's only responsibility was supervising the police force and since there was no longer a force, there would be nothing for him to do.

The council has not had a police officer since last spring.

Wall was out of town Monday and could not be reached for comment.

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