Wollyung wins GOP nomination

May 21, 2003|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Sheriff Robert B. Wollyung won the Republican nomination for Franklin County Sheriff in Tuesday's primary election, defeating a former deputy and a township constable in a three-way race.

Wollyung, seeking the GOP nomination to run for a fourth four-year term in office, was leading two challengers late Tuesday, according to complete but unofficial results.

With all 75 precincts reporting, Wollyung, 63, of 725 Stouffer Ave., garnered more votes than Dane Anthony, a former deputy, and Roger Blattenberger, a Peters Township constable. Wollyung received 5,995 votes to 4,961 for Anthony, with Blattenberger coming in third with 787.


The sheriff is paid $50,025 this year, according to county salary records.

Absentee ballots are included in the unofficial results.

Anthony, 43, of 517 Siloam Road, Chambersburg spent 15 years as a deputy sheriff for the county, most of them under Wollyung.

During the campaign, Anthony said the office was experiencing a rapid turnover in personnel, had outdated equipment and needed personnel policies that are enforced. He said deputies have background checks and be required to submit to random drug testing.

No candidates filed to run on the Democratic ballot. If one of the candidates has at least 100 write-in votes, they will win the Democratic nomination to run in the Nov. 4 general election.

Anthony and Wollyung were both running write-in campaigns for the Democratic nomination with stickers that voters could apply to the paper ballots. The official count of votes, which will include write-ins, will begin Friday.

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