Firme leading in supervisor race

May 21, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

Chambersburg, Pa. - Christopher Firme, an avowed anti-growth candidate, was leading Jeff Zody, a "controlled-growth" candidate, in the race for the Republican nomination for Washington Township Supervisor in Tuesday's primary.

No Democrat filed.

With four of the township's five precincts reporting at press time, Firme had 570 votes to Zody's 354.

Firme had the support of a group of residents opposed to a controversial bypass, plans for which the supervisors dropped last week in the face of heavy opposition from an aggressive group of residents. He said during the campaign that he is the first candidate in memory to run for supervisor from the township's West End.

Zody, 45, lives with his wife, Sheila, at 11704 Wharf Road. He is a partner in Zody's Moving and Storage Inc., a family-owned business across the road from his house. He is a lifelong resident.


Firme, 41, lives at 15069 Charmian Road in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., with his wife, Beth. Firme moved to the township from Waynesboro, Pa., three years ago. He is an agricultural inspector for the State of Maryland. He works in Washington County.

Firme joined the group of citizens who fought the 169-home Glen Afton Acres development on Harbaugh Church Road, which the supervisors approved last year. Many of the members of that group led the fight against the bypass.

Supervisors in Washington Township earn $50 per meeting.

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

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