Rock held late lead for Guilford supervisor

May 18, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Steve Rock was carrying a 212-vote lead over his closest competitor Tuesday in the four-man race for the Republican nomination for a single six-year seat on the Guilford Township Board of Supervisors with four of the township's six voting precincts reporting at press time.

Rock's tally at that point in the vote counting was 388 compared to 176 for H. Leo Showalter in unofficial results from the Franklin County Election Commission.

Rock, 44, was ahead by 49.3 percent of the votes that were counted.

Running a close third was Michael Helman, who was just one vote behind Showalter at 175 with four of the township's six precincts reporting.

Running last was Jeffrey J. Walton with 48 votes cast in the four precincts.

"With a population of 13,000 and 120 miles of roads to maintain, I feel we need a full-time supervisor more than ever," said Rock, a former Grove Worldwide employee, as he worked the polls Tuesday morning.


Rock, the son of former County Commissioner Fred Rock, said he hopes to be a salaried employee of the township as well as a supervisor if elected in the fall. "You're closer to the people if you're there every day working on their problems," he said.

The winner of the GOP primary has the inside track on winning in November, since there was no Democratic primary candidate. One of the four could win the Democratic nomination as a write-in candidate.

The winner will fill the seat of Jay Bowers, who died last year.

In Quincy Township, with all precincts reporting, Joe Middour had 204 votes to Christopher S. Petrie's 75 in the township supervisor race. Middour hopes to succeed retiring Supervisor Amos Egolf.

Montgomery Township Supervisor Dean E. Metcalfe defeated Carl Robinson in the Republican primary 181 to 74 with all precincts reporting.

In school board races, incumbent K. Marilyn Smith and Stephen D. Kulla both won Democratic and Republican nominations for the Waynesboro School Board seat from Washington Township. Both had cross-filed.

In the Region Five School Board Race in Chambersburg, incumbent Penny W. Stoner was the GOP nominee and David B. Drawbaugh won the Democratic nomination.

In Region Nine, Craig A. Musser edged out incumbent Joel E. Happel for the Republican nomination 164 to 152. The two men tied for the Democratic nomination with 70 votes each. Both had cross-filed and the final winner is to be determined.

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