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Helman enters race for county commissioners

November 30, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? With the Tuesday deadline to file nominating petitions for the May 15 primary approaching, a fourth Republican, former Chambersburg Borough councilman Carl Helman, has announced he is running for one of the two GOP nominations for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

"I have a passion for government done right. Public services is just what it says," Helman said Friday. "I think the leadership to this point has been good ... I want to basically pick up and continue to build the future of Franklin County."

All three board seats are up for election, but two incumbents ? Republican G. Warren Elliott and Democrat Cheryl Plummer ? announced last month they are not seeking re-election. Republican Bob Thomas is seeking a fourth four-year term.

Helman, 45, served on the council from 1996 to 2004, including two years as vice president, resigning when he moved outside the borough. During those years, he served on the Planning and Zoning Commission and was involved in issues such as the budget, utilities, labor negotiations and economic revitalization efforts, according to his campaign announcement.

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Since 2004, Helman has been an elected representative for Franklin County to the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania. He also is a Franklin County Republican committeeman for Guilford Township.

The candidate is director of facilities and design for Country Meadows Retirement Communities, a provider of assisted-living communities in Pennsylvania and Maryland. If elected, Helman said he will resign his position and serve full time as a commissioner.

"My eight years of experience an as elected official in municipal government, combined with the experience and skills developed during my 22 years in the architectural design field, translate quite well to the role of Franklin County Commissioner," Helman stated in his announcement.

"I recognize the need to address the increasing burdens on local governments due to population growth and development, as well as the burden of mandates and regulations placed upon our communities from the state and federal level," Helman stated in the announcement.

"I don't have a bullet list of priorities, but I believe in effective oversight of every aspect of county government," Helman said.

Along with Helman and Thomas, former Waynesboro (Pa.) Borough Council President Douglas Tengler and retired federal analyst Carl Barton have announced they are running for the GOP nominations. The Democratic field as of Friday included Waynesboro attorney and former councilman Clint Barkdoll, former Chambersburg School Board president Bob Ziobrowski, businesswoman Cheryl Stearn of St. Thomas Township and Mercersburg, Pa., Mayor James Zeger.

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