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Two submit applications for Baumgardner's post

April 03, 2001

Two submit applications for Baumgardner's post



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


Two people have officially expressed interest in succeeding Washington Township Supervisor Quinter "Buzz" Baumgardner, who died last month, Township Administrator Mike Christopher said Monday.

The process of finding a replacement for Baumgardner, 71, who suffered a fatal heart attack March 20, is under way, Christopher said.

The four surviving supervisors have until April 19 to appoint a temporary replacement. Since Baumgardner was a Republican, his replacement will come from that party, Christopher said. All of the supervisors are Republicans, he said.

A candidates also must have been a township resident for one year.

Christopher said two residents have submitted applications for the post and a third person has made inquiries.

The appointee also must show that he or she can make the four meetings the supervisors hold each month. They include regular sessions on the first and third Mondays and work sessions on the Wednesdays before.

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Supervisors earn $50 for each meeting attended, he said.

The person appointed to fill Baumgardner's seat will serve until Dec. 31. If the appointee wants to keep the seat after that, he or she will have to run for a four-year term in the Nov. 6 general election.

The township's Republican and Democratic parties will each nominate candidates for the election. Since supervisors serve six-year terms, the winner will serve the remaining four years of Baumgardner's term.

Christopher said the supervisors' appointment of a temporary replacement does not constitute an endorsement of that person in the November election.

Until Baumgardner's death, two seats on the board were up for grabs in a three-way race in November. Incumbent Supervisor John Beck has decided not to seek re-election.

Incumbent Jim Kirby said he will seek another six-year term, while C. Stewart McCleaf and Dixie Myers will challenge for positions.

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