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3 board incumbents trail

May 21, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

Three of five incumbents on the Chambersburg Area School Board lost their bids to be nominated for re-election, with only Board President Stanley J. Helman and Craig Musser surviving Tuesday's Franklin County primary, according to complete but unofficial results.

Much of the debate between the incumbents and challengers was over the future of the district's buildings, particularly how to deal with overcrowding at the high school and modernization and consolidation of the district's elementary schools.

In a close race in Region 2, Board President Stanley J. Helman, 48, was trailing Larry L. Hoover, 47, by a vote of 152 to 147 on the Democratic side of the ballot. On the Republican ballot, Helman had 362 votes to Hoover's 236. A third candidate, Kirby L. Hockensmith, 42, had 58 votes.

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Region 7 challenger David Sciamanna outdistanced incumbent Michael B. Finucane for the GOP nomination by a vote of 265 to 176. On the Democratic side of the ballot, Sciamanna had 126 votes to Finucane's 87.

"I felt we had a message that resonated well with the public," Sciamanna said before the final results were reported in the race.

Finucane, 58, an attorney, was running for a second term against Sciamanna, 51, president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Incumbent Harold W. "Bill" Fosnot Jr., of 53, of 322 Glen St. lost to Renee Sharpe, 46, of 630 Philadelphia Ave. in the Region 8 race. Sharpe led in Republican polling with 264 votes to Fosnot's 76. In the Democratic primary, Sharpe had 147 votes to Fosnot's 32.

"We got around door-to-door to see a lot of folks and were encouraged," Sharpe said. "I think the vote reflects that."

In Region 5, challenger Lori Leedy, 39, outdistanced incumbent Penny W. Stoner, 46, by a vote of 230 to 81 in Democratic balloting and by 610 to 228 in the GOP primary.

Region 9 incumbent Craig Musser, 39, was leading challenger Matthew J. Sites 147 to 65 in the GOP primary and had 90 votes on the Democratic ballot. Sites, 34, a pharmaceutical salesman, did not file as a Democrat so Musser took that nomination without opposition.

Sciamanna, Leedy, Sharpe and Hoover were running as a team to oust Finucane, Stoner, Fosnot and Helman, although the races are determined by region.

Those who won both nominations are virtually assured of winning in the Nov. 4 general election. In those regions where the candidates split nominations, the campaign will go on.

In Pennsylvania, absentee ballots are included in the unofficial results.

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