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More Franklin Co. candidates announce

February 11, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A fourth person announced Monday that he will run in the special election for a Republican jury commissioner in Franklin County, Pa.

"We'll give it a run and see what happens," said Robert C. Holland, of Chambersburg, who was warden of Franklin County Prison from 1972 until his retirement in 1992.

Holland, 71, joins Franklin County Republican Committee Chairman Allen V. Twigg, former Prothonotary John F. George and former county Election Board member Robert Zeis in running for the post.

Twigg was appointed the GOP jury commissioner in December following the death in November of Jury Commissioner Robert Little. The winner of the May 18 election will serve until 2002.

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The jury commission is made up of President Judge John R. Walker and commissioners from each of the parties. Rowe B. Byers is the Democratic commissioner.

The commission is in charge of selecting jury pools for criminal and civil trials. The part-time position pays about $8,600 a year, according to county records.

Also announcing their candidacies recently were two Republican incumbents, Controller Carol Fix Diller and Clerk of Courts William Vandrew.

With the exception of county coroner, all countywide officeholders have announced their candidacies for the May 18 primary. Coroner Kenneth L. Peiffer is retiring and Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner is running for the GOP nomination.

Fix Diller, of Chambersburg, is running for a third term as controller, the office in charge of managing elements of the county's $56.3 million budget, as well as program and departmental audits. The position pays $41,117 this year.

Vandrew, of Marion, Pa., is running for a second term as clerk of courts and clerk of the Orphans' Court. Considered a dual office, it pays $45,036.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, is the first day for candidates to circulate petitions to appear on the May 18 primary ballot. Those seeking countywide office need to get 100 signatures by March 9, according to the county election calendar.

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