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Primary races shaping up for borough, school boards

March 12, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

The May 20 primary election is shaping up into a race as candidates met their filing deadline Tuesday in the Franklin County Courthouse.

In the Borough of Waynesboro, three incumbent council members are stepping down.

Ward One Councilman Clint Barkdoll is not seeking re-election. Two Democrats are after his seat - Michael Cermak and Richard George.

Council President Douglas Tengler did not file for a second four-year term. No candidate filed by Tuesday for Tengler's seat.

In Ward three, incumbent Allen Porter is stepping down after a six-year stint on the council.

Two Republicans filed for Porter's seat - Ken Koll and Andrew Benchoff.

In the Borough of Greencastle, six candidates, including three incumbents, filed for the three seats coming up this year.

Incumbents Donald Coldsmith, Harold Duffey and Harry Myers filed for re-election.

The three challengers are Shellie Leedham, Gerald Pool and Mary Troskoski.

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Myers, a former councilman, was appointed earlier this month to replace Richard Walck, who resigned from the council after announcing he is moving out of the borough.

Pool is another former council member, according to Mayor Robert "Red" Pensinger.

In Washington Township, veteran supervisor Paul Benchoff, who has served for 18 years and is the board's current chairman, will step down at the end of his term this year.

Two men have filed for Benchoff's seat - Christopher Firme and Jeffrey Zody.

The Waynesboro Area School Board also will have some seats come open.

Anna Bostwick-Foley, an incumbent representing the Borough of Waynesboro on the school board, is seeking re-election.

Kay Marilyn Smith, an incumbent representing Washington Township, is also seeking re-election. Megan Schea has filed for the second Washington Township seat on the board.

The North End has been represented by Larry Glenn, the board's president, and Nelson Rock, both veteran members.

Glenn filed for re-election, while Rock said Tuesday he is stepping down. His son, Todd Rock has filed to run for his father's seat.

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