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Candidates file for Pennsylvania primary

March 13, 2001

Candidates file for Pennsylvania primary



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Greencastle voters will notice a major omission on their May 15 Pennsylvania primary election ballots - Frank Mowen's name won't be on it.

Mowen, Greencastle's Democratic mayor for the last eight years, did not file for re-election to a third four-year term. He isn't sure why, he said,

"I don't know. I just felt that there might be someone out there who can do a better job," Mowen said. "Eight years may be enough, but I'm not tired of it. I enjoy the job."

The fact that he did not file for re-election doesn't necessarily mean that Mowen won't be mayor again when it comes time to take the oath of office in January. There is still the write-in vote, the method by which many local officials are elected.

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Mowen could win his party's nomination in the primary with as few as 10 write-in votes if no one else gets more.

The job of mayor in Greencastle is mainly ceremonial, as it is in many Pennsylvania municipalities. Mowen is in charge of the borough police department.

Municipalities in Franklin County often are unable to fill ballots for the offices that come up for re-election every other year. In such cases, write-in votes are needed to fill the slots. If no one runs for a particular seat, the borough councils have 30 days to fill the post. If they fail to do so, the job goes to a Common Pleas Court judge, Mowen said.

Four seats are up for election on the Greencastle Borough Council, with three incumbents filing for re-election and one seat going vacant in both party primaries. Councilman Harry Myers is not seeking another term.

Incumbents who want to stay on the council are Council President Barbara Bock, W. Jean Oliver and Sydnae R. Vanner. All three are Republicans. No Democrats filed for the council.

Republican Tax Collector Michael J. Bock has no primary opponent and no Democrat has filed.

The only contest in the borough of Waynesboro is for tax collector. Incumbent Delmos Oldham is being challenged for the job by Douglas Tenger, a borough councilman. Both are Republicans. No Democrat filed.

Borough Council President Richard Starliper is stepping down to run for Franklin County treasurer. Starliper, a Republican, represents the third ward. John E. Cook, a Democrat, is running for Starliper's seat.

Two council incumbents, Democrat Charles E. McCammon and Republican Ardie Winters, are seeking re-election.

Long-time incumbent Mayor Louis Barlup, a Republican, is unopposed in both primaries for his re-election bid.

In Mercersburg, incumbent Councilmembers Roger L. Defibaugh, L. Brooks Harryman, Thomas S. Heefner and Ronald P. Simar are seeking re-election. No Democrats filed.

Incumbent Mayor Harold E. Wagner, a Republican, is seeking a second four-year term.

Republican Sharon Selser is running unopposed for tax collector.

In Mont Alto, incumbent Republican Mayor Debra H. Wall is running unopposed. Two Republicans, Paul E. Nunemaker Jr. and James M. Powell, and Democrat Thomas Lowson are running for council seats.

Republican Vicki Nunemaker, the incumbent tax collector, is unopposed in both primaries.

In Washington Township, three Republicans are running for two available supervisor seats, including incumbent James Kirby and challengers C. Stewart McCleaf and Dixie Myers. No Democrats filed.

Township Tax Collector Richard E. Ambrose is unopposed.

There is one seat up this year on the Quincy Township Board of Supervisors, with three Republicans and one Democrat filing.

The GOP candidates are Robert Gunder, Dale C. Huff and Wilbur N. Sanders II. The Democrat is Charles A. Freeman.

Republicans Emmy Myers and Kathy A. Wishard are facing off for tax collector in Montgomery Township. No Democrat filed.

There are no contests for township supervisors in Antrim, Montgomery, Warren and Peters townships.

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