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Republican commissioners easily win nominations

May 19, 1999|By DON AINES

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Fulton County's two Republican commissioners easily held off three challengers in Tuesday's primary, according to unofficial election results.

Gary K. Decker of Harrisonville, Pa., received 841 votes to lead the five candidates. Decker is running for a fourth term in office.

First-term incumbent Daniel H. Swain Jr., of Needmore, Pa., was second with 815 votes to capture the second GOP nomination for the November general election.

Thurman E. Nesbitt III, of Ayr Township, finished third with 392 votes, followed by Bill Clevenger, of Ayr Township, with 152, and William D. Peck, of Thompson Township, with 112 votes.

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There were two candidates for two nominations on the Democratic ballot, and incumbent Ellis L. Yingling, of McConnellsburg, placed first with 661 votes. Former commissioner Robert L. Garlock, of McConnellsburg, seeking to regain the seat he lost in the 1995 general election, garnered 516 votes, according to election results.

The top three vote-getters in the November election will make up the Board of Commissioners.

District Attorney Dwight C. Harvey, Treasurer Bonnie Mellott Keefer and County Coroner Darryl E. Heckman, all Republicans, won nominations in uncontested primary races.

There were no candidates for any of those offices in the Democratic primary.

Democratic Sheriff Jim Pittman was unopposed in his bid for nomination. There was no GOP candidate for sheriff.

Election figures put turnout at 2,430, about 33 percent of the 7,406 eligible Republican and Democrat voters.

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