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Bender leads Franklin County GOP treasurer primary

May 16, 2001

Bender leads Franklin County GOP treasurer primary



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - With 31 of 75 precincts reporting, Chris Bender was leading his closest opponent in the Republican race for Franklin County treasurer by a two-to-one margin late Tuesday.

As of 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, Bender, of Fayetteville, Pa., had 1,884 votes; Derek J. Stoy, of Ft. Loudon, Pa., had 906 votes; and Richard A. Starliper, of Waynesboro, Pa., had 829 votes

Bender will face Democrat Matthew E. Earl in the Nov. 6 General Election. Earl, 26, acting purchasing agent for the Franklin County Purchasing Department, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Bender, 39, is the tax collector for Guilford Township.

Starliper, 63, is president of the Waynesboro Borough Council and works in the Accounts Payable Department at Landis Gardner in Waynesboro.

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Stoy, 23, is an appraiser for the Franklin County Tax Services Office and is a Fannett-Metal School Board director.

The position generated interest last fall after Treasurer Steven C. Minnich, of Waynesboro, announced he would not run for a third four-year term.

Minnich, a Republican, said he is leaving office at the end of the year to devote more time to his family and a business he owns.

The Treasurer's Office is responsible for issuing hunting, fishing and dog licenses, as well as licenses to clubs and organizations for small games of chance. The office is also responsible for making deposits from other county agencies to area banks and handling the investment of surplus county funds.

According to Franklin County Salary Board records, the treasurer's salary for 2001 is $46,251.

Bender's wife, Pam Bender, was trailing Carol Rock Wagaman in the Republican primary to replace Chris Bender as Guilford Township tax collector.

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