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Wilfong leads school board voting

September 16, 1998|By LAURA ERNDE

All three incumbents and seven political newcomers were nominated for the Washington County Board of Education Tuesday.

Beginner Mary L. Wilfong surprised some by collecting the most votes, according to complete but unofficial results in the nonpartisan primary.

A field of 15 candidates was pared down to 10 nominees who will vie for five seats in the Nov. 3 election.

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Wilfong credited her campaign workers for her strong showing.

"I wouldn't have expected to come out on top the first time out, but my committee did work hard. I congratulate them," said Wilfong, who owns a furniture business. "The excitement of this having happened is sort of overwhelming."

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Both Hardin and Cunningham, who listened to the vote tallies as they came in to the Washington County Board of Election office, said they were surprised that Wilfong was on top.

But anything can happen during the general election, said Hardin, a former Williamsport High School principal who came in third.

"It can really shuffle. The next six weeks are very critical," he said.

Cunningham, a retired high school counselor, came in seventh.

"My work's going to be cut out for me," he said.

Doris J. Nipps, who is seeking her second term on the board, said she was hoping to do better, but was satisfied with fifth.

"We'll just have to work a little harder come November," she said.

The nominees, in order of the number of votes received Tuesday, are:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Mary L. Wilfong, 61, of 16803 Petmar Circle, Hagerstown, with 8,674 votes.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> B. Marie Byers, 63, of 262 Potomac Heights, Hagerstown, with 6,780 votes.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> J. Herbert Hardin, 63, of 19727 Meadowbrook Road, Hagerstown, with 6,321 votes.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Paul W. Bailey, 64, of 840 Kenly Ave., Hagerstown, with 6,068 votes.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Doris J. Nipps, 46, of 20236 American Way, Hagerstown, with 5,783 votes.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> David L. Resh Jr., 56, of 12913 Lauren Road, Hagerstown, with 5,307 votes.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> William R. Cunningham, 62, of 1016 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, with 5,280 votes.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Robert L. Kline, 68, of 20 E. Green St., Funkstown, with 5,121 votes.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Lenora Barnhart, 42, of 11118 Glenside Ave., Hagerstown, with 4,669 votes.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> W. Gordon Crabb, 67, of 20422 Holt Circle, Hagerstown, with 4,468 votes.

Five candidates were eliminated Tuesday, including former Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers, who came in eleventh with 3,882 votes.

"Well, I'm naturally disappointed I didn't get in the ten. But this is my first time in a countywide race and I feel pleased. The competition was stiff," said Myers, 64, of 72 S. Main St., Smithsburg.

The four other candidates eliminated Tuesday were:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Christina L. Hammer-Atkins, 36, of 2645 Hawks Kill Lane, Keedysville, with 3,330 votes

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Philip G. Goldman, 65, 11913 Pheasant Trail, Hagerstown, with 2,390 votes.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Ricky A. Hockensmith, 45, of 9808 Wandering Lane, Hagerstown, with 2,030 votes.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Stephen E. Popper, 47, of 19 Grove Creek Circle, Smithsburg, with 1,768 votes.

Denis Rocco also was on the ballot but announced last month he was dropping out of the race. He received 1,835 votes.

With November's election, the size of the board will increase from five to seven members.

The top three vote-getters in the general election will serve four-year terms and the next two highest vote-getters will serve two-year terms.

Board members will make $4,800 a year and the president will make $4,900 a year.

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