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Shriver tops Orphans' Court vote

November 06, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

An incumbent judge of the Orphans' Court apparently won re-election to a third term and two newcomers were in the lead for the other two seats.

Republican John M. Shriver, 52, has apparently won a third term with 18,763 votes, the most among five candidates, according to complete but unofficial results.

Republican Joseph W. Eichelberger, 61, had the next highest vote total, 16,755.

Republican Samuel "Sam" Bayer, 74, was next with 16,512 votes.

The top three candidates win the seats.

Incumbent Linda M. Fox, a Democrat, was in fourth place, with 15,369 votes. Fox, 60, was also seeking a third term.

The fifth candidate, Democrat Samuel Tubaugh, 73, had 9,171 votes.

According to the Washington County Board of Elections, 1,586 absentee ballots had been received by Tuesday. Today is the deadline for any others to reach the board.

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Harry Harsh, the third judge in office now with Shriver and Fox, did not run for re-election.

The term is four years.

Next year, the salary will increase from $6,000 to $7,000.

Clerk of the Circuit Court Dennis J. Weaver said the judges of the Orphans' Court are usually sworn in on the first business day of December.

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