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Benchoff, George defeat opponents in council races

May 21, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

Waynesboro, Pa. - Andrew "A.J." Benchoff beat Ken Koll in Tuesday's Republican primary for a Ward Three seat on the Waynesboro Borough Council, while Richard "Dick" George defeated Michael Cermak in the Democratic primary for the seat in Ward One, according to complete but unofficial results.

Benchoff and George will advance to the Nov. 4 general election. Both will run unopposed.

Benchoff defeated Koll 142-87, while George topped Cermak 49-23, according to the unofficial results.

The Ward One seat is being vacated by Clint Barkdoll, a lawyer in the firm Kulla & Barkdoll, for which Benchoff also works.

Councilman Allen Porter did not seek re-election in Ward Three.

No one filed in the primary for the Ward Two seat being vacated by Council President Douglas Tengler, but Jonathan Cain has said he would launch a write-in campaign for the seat. Cain's vote count won't be known until the official canvass on Friday.

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Benchoff, 25, a Waynesboro attorney, lives at 104 W. Main St. He is a lifelong Waynesboro resident. He graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School in 1995, Mount Saint Mary's College in 1999 and Dickinson Law School in 2002.

George, 68, and his wife, Kaye, live at 409 Walnut St. He has been a teacher and coach for 37 years, and has spent the last 14 years as athletic and activities director at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

Cermak, 58, is a 15-year resident of Waynesboro. He lives at 135 E. Second St. with his wife, Sandie. A businessman, Cermak manages a ribbon-manufacturing company in Hagerstown.

Koll, 34, of 432 Scott Ave., is a past president of Main Street Waynesboro Inc., a post he held for two years.

Council members serve four-year terms and earn $75 per month.

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

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