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Franklin treasurer declines third term

September 18, 2000

Franklin treasurer declines third term



By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - More than a year is left in his term, but Franklin County Treasurer Steven Minnich has decided he will not run for a third term.

"It was a great experience, but personally, my family and I are changing directions in life," Minnich, 36, said last week. "It's a good time for me to leave the public sector and move into the private sector," he said.

A Republican, Minnich was elected in 1993 and re-elected to a second four-year term in 1997. In recent months, however, he has devoted much of his time to another job.

"My wife and I bought a small business," Minnich said. A former senior aide to Pennsylvania U.S. Congressman Bud Shuster, Minnich declined to discuss his private business saying, "That's my personal life."

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"One of the reasons I'm leaving government and elected office is to avoid the limelight and attention of public office," he said. "It was a great experience, but personally, my family and I are changing directions in life," he said.

"I feel I'm going to leave the office better than I found it. Fortunately I had a great predecessor in Mary Curfman Hockenberry," Minnich said. Hockenberry, a Democrat, retired prior to Minnich's election.

Franklin County Republican Committee Chairman Allen Twigg said he knew of at least three Republicans interested in running for the office, which paid $44,472 this year. Only one of them, Derek Stoy, 23, of Fort Loudon, Pa., could be reached Sunday.

"This opportunity has come up and I thought now would be the time," said Stoy, who has worked in the county's Tax Assessor's Office the past two years. The Democratic and Republican primaries for the office will be held in May 2001.

"The treasurer I feel, other than the county commissioners, is probably the row office that deals with the public the most," Stoy said. The office issues dog, hunting and fishing licenses, licenses for small games of chance by non-profit organizations and handles receipts from the Tax Claim and Assessment offices, among its other duties, he said.

Stoy is a member of the Fannett-Metal Board of School Directors, an position he said he will have to give up if elected next year. "That was the hardest thing for me to decide," he said.

Although the School Board position he was elected to 10 months ago pays nothing, Stoy said he ran for the office because, "The School Board has given me a lot in my 12 years of education there."

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