11 seek seats on Chambersburg board

March 12, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Eleven people filed to run for the Chambersburg school board in the May primary, making it one of the most contested races in Franklin County.

Dozens of people passed through the Franklin County Courthouse Tuesday in order to meet the 4:30 p.m. filing deadline for the more than 100 county, school and municipal offices up for grabs in the May 20 primary.

Five of the nine seats on the Chambersburg Area School District Board of Directors are up for election. The current board has been scrutinized as it hammers out a building plan for secondary schools.


Candidates for school board can cross file in the Republican and Democratic primaries, and each incumbent has at least one challenger.

  • In Region 2, current school board President Stanley Helman has two opponents, Kirby Hockensmith and Larry Hoover.

  • In Region 5, incumbent Penny Stoner is being challenged by Lori Leedy.

  • In Region 7, incumbent Michael Finucane faces David Sciamanna.

  • In Region 8, incumbent Harold Fosnot is being challenged by Renee Sharpe.

  • In Region 9, Craig Musser faces Matthew Sites.

It's not uncommon for one race to stand out in each election cycle, said Jean Byers, Franklin County deputy chief clerk.

"One year we'll have a concentrated effort in a certain school district or certain township and the next time it's pretty quiet in those areas. It all evens out," she said. "It tends to take turns where the hot spots are. This year it's Chambersburg."

In addition to the school board, nearly every county office is up for election, including the clerk of courts, the controller, coroner, district attorney, prothonotary and register and recorder. The incumbents of those offices are all running unopposed for re-election.

The race for county commissioners has drawn some new faces, although voters in each the Republican and Democratic primaries will be able to select three candidates.

Incumbent commissioners G. Warren Elliott and Robert Thomas will be joined by Scott Blanchard in the Republican primary.

Incumbent Cheryl Plummer and Don Richards will appear on the Democratic ballot.

Sheriff Robert Wollyung faces a challenge from former Deputy Dane Anthony and Peters Township constable Roger A. Blattenberger. All three are Republicans.

The newly created district justice office that will cover Guilford and Quincy townships and the Borough of Mont Alto, also has drawn a lot of attention.

Nine residents of the district filed to run, and were able to cross-file in the Republican and Democratic primaries.

Byers said the volume of candidates is comparable to other municipal primary elections.

She said offices for which no one filed to run can be filled in the primary and general elections by write-in votes.

The primary election will be held on May 20, and the general municipal election will be Nov. 4.

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