Pa. primary draws voters in Franklin County

May 17, 2001

Pa. primary draws voters in Franklin County

By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg

Tuesday's primary and special elections drew a larger than normal number of voters to the polls.

Nearly 28 percent of registered voters in Franklin County cast ballots, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Election Board Wednesday.

That's up from 19 percent last year, said Jean Byers, deputy chief clerk.

A large number of blank ballots slowed down the counting machines Tuesday night, and the Election Board will begin the official count, which will include write-in results, on Friday.

Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas said he expects the process could run into early next week.

Based on the unofficial results, most races are decided, while write-in votes could change the outcome of others.

Franklin County

Treasurer: In the countywide race for treasurer, Republicans Chris A. Bender got 6,155 votes, Derek J. Stoy 2,111, and Richard A. Starliper 2,961, with all 75 precincts reporting.


Bender will face Democrat Matthew E. Earl in the Nov. 6 primary.


Mayor: In the race for the Republican nomination for Chambersburg mayor, Borough Councilman Thomas Newcomer won with 973 votes, to Gary Hawbaker's 396 votes.

Newcomer will face Democratic incumbent Robert Morris in November.

Chambersburg Borough Council

Second Ward: In the bid for Republican nomination for the Chambersburg Borough Council Second Ward, Allen Frantz narrowly beat Ruth Harbaugh, 167 votes to 151.

Frantz will face Democratic nominee Koonie Kiser in the general election. The winner will fill the slot of Harold Kennedy, who will step down at the end of the year.

Third Ward: Theresa Johnson ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket. She received 67 votes, topping the 51 write-in votes to stay on the ballot. Republican incumbent Carl Helman was not on the ballot, but he received enough write-in votes Tuesday to have his name on the ballot in the general election, according to unofficial results.

Fourth Ward: Republican incumbent John A. Redding, Jr. was unopposed. Resident Jason Bitner mounted a write-in campaign. Although he did not top Redding, he may have received enough votes on the Democratic ballot to be on the general election ballot, according to unofficial results.

Guilford Township

Tax collector: In the race for Guilford Township tax collector, Carol Wagaman outdistanced Pam Bender for the Republican nomination with 1,301 votes to Bender's 669.

Barring a successful write-in campaign, Wagaman does not have a Democratic challenger in November.

Letterkenny Township

Tax collector: In the Letterkenny tax collector race, Jane Horn will face an undetermined Democratic challenger.

Voters cast 193 ballots for Horn, while Cheryl Rine had 110 votes and Megan S. Timmons received 35.

In the Democratic race, Lisa Pecht had 29 votes, Karen S. Forrester had 24 votes, and Billie Jo Reed 19. There were 59 write-in votes, enough to make the outcome of the race uncertain.

Supervisor: In the race for Letterkenny Township supervisor, Jack Holmes received 210 votes and Lance G. Norton 123.

Holmes currently does not have a challenger in the general election.

Quincy Township

Tax collector: In the race for Quincy Township tax collector, Kathy A. Wishard secured the Republican nomination with 328 votes to Emmy Myers' 62. She will face Democratic challenger Patricia L. Gossert.

Supervisor: Bob Gunder won the Republican nomination for Quincy Township supervisor with 304 votes to Dale Huff's 78 and Wilbur N. Sanders' 62.

Gunder will face Democratic challenger Charles A. Freeman in November.

St. Thomas Township

Supervisor: In St. Thomas Township, incumbent Republican Supervisor Ed Herald received 306 votes to challenger James E. Light's 223.

He will be challenged by Democratic nominee Richard Walls in November.


Tax collector: In the race for Waynesboro tax collector, Delmos E. Oldham Sr., easily beat Doug Tengler with 532 votes to 223.

Barring a successful write-in campaign, he has no opposition in November.

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