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Johnson not running again

March 09, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One name that will not be appearing on the May 18 primary ballot is that of Chambersburg Third Ward Councilman W. Larry Johnson.

Johnson had picked up packets from the courthouse to run for both local and countywide offices, but in the end filed for neither.

"I just feel as though I should spend more time in other areas," the two-term Democrat said Tuesday after the filing deadline. Johnson, 647 Hollywell Ave., is also pastor of the St. James A.M.E. Church in Chambersburg and active in a number of community programs, including Building Our Pride in Chambersburg, which he founded.

On Monday Johnson held a community meeting calling for the closure of Dave's Tavern on South Main Street. He was asking for the community to support closing the bar because of March 1 fatal shooting and other past criminal activity in the area.

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Johnson did not rule out running a write-in campaign for another term.

Another Third Ward resident, Kriston R. Burget of 331 S. Main St., did file to run for the Democratic nomination.

Republican First Ward Councilman William F. McLaughlin, of 1306 Edgar Ave., is running unopposed for renomination, but Gary L. Hawbaker of 128 N. Third St., is running for the Democratic nomination.

Fourth Ward Councilman Kevin Tanger, of 74 S. Federal St., is running for another term. Sharon Bigler, of 359 High St., is running for the Democratic nomination.

Fifth Ward Councilman Robert A. Wareham Sr., of 953 E. McKinley St., and Second Ward Councilman Thomas L. Newcomer, of 129 Highfield Lane South, both Republicans, are running for re-election. They have no Democratic opposition.

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