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11 hopefuls seek Baumgardner's seat

April 12, 2001

11 hopefuls seek Baumgardner's seat



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


Apathy is taking a back seat in Washington Township government.

Proof of that surfaced when 11 candidates applied to fill the supervisor's seat that opened last month after the death of Quinter Baumgardner.

Baumgardner, 71, a well-liked and respected local official, suffered a fatal heart attack March 20. His death left more than four years of his six-year term to be filled.

Under Pennsylvania law, the surviving four supervisors have 30 days, until April 30, to appoint a temporary replacement to serve Baumgardner's term until Dec. 30. A permanent replacement to serve out the remaining four years will be elected in the general election in November, according to Pennsylvania law.

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Applicants seeking the interim seat until the end of the year must be, like Baumgardner, a Republican, and must have lived in the township for a year, according to Township Manager Michael A. Christopher.

"We are extremely pleased with the quality and the quantity of the number of township residents who applied," Christopher said. "It was a big surprise. Each one of them brought specific strengths to the table.

"Some have lived here all of their lives and know the area very well, one supervises more than 200 employees, some are self-employed who have done well. The supervisors will have a difficult task Monday when they make their choice."

All 11 candidates were interviewed by the four supervisors Wednesday night. Each was allotted 10 minutes before the board. Most took six or seven minutes, Christopher said.

All were asked the same questions, including one about their ability to make the four supervisor meetings held each month, including two regular sessions and two work sessions.

Washington Township Supervisors earn $50 per meeting based on an average of about 50 meetings a year for an annual salary of about $2,500.

Until his death, Baumgardner had not missed a meeting in three years.

"Attendance for all the board members averages better than 90 percent, " Christopher said. "That's important from a continuity standpoint."

Other questions posed to the candidates by the supervisors referred to their education backgrounds, their goals for the township and whether they were retired or employed.

The local Republican and Democratic committees have until Aug. 23 to nominate a candidate to run in the Nov. 6 general election. The Republicans do not have to nominate the supervisors' temporary appointee, Christopher said.

Baumgardner's death makes the November election a race for three rather than two seats. Incumbent Supervisor John Beck decided not to seek re-election, while incumbent Jim Kirby wants to stay on for another six years.

The challengers are C. Stewart McCleaf and Dixie Myers.

The election is also open to write-in candidates.

The 11 candidates interviewed Wednesday were:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Fred Malinosky, 13411 Scott Road, Waynesboro

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Robert Frazer, 12912 Martin Lane, Blue Ridge Summit

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Scott Stine, 10837 Wharf Road, Waynesboro

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Kevin Kurtyka, 2022 East Main St., Waynesboro

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> John Gehr, 11383 Gehr Road, Waynesboro

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Christopher Firme, 15069 Charmian Road, Blue Ridge Summit

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Art Cordell, 13061 Old Mill Road, Waynesboro

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Richard Cook, 12668 Mentzer Gap Road, Waynesboro

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Charles Vickery, 14021 Harbaugh Church Road, Waynesboro

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Richard Mohn Jr., 13160 Iroquois Trail, Waynesboro

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Glenn Snively, P.O. Box 22, Rouzerville.

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