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Write-in candidates face deadline to file for nominations

May 30, 2003|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - There were many municipal offices in the May 20 primary for which no candidates ran, but some of those nominations have been filled by write-in candidates, according to the official count by the Franklin County Board of Elections.

In many cases, however, the winner of the primary in one party had already been nominated in the other. In other cases, the candidates will have to file petitions to consolidate their votes with the board of elections by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 3.


Incumbents Harold E. Duffey and Don A. Coldsmith and Jerry Pool won the three GOP nominations for Greencastle Borough Council on May 20. Those three candidates each received enough write-in votes to appear on the Nov. 4 ballot as the Democratic nominees, as well.


That could change, however, depending on whether they and the other candidates file petitions to consolidate names. Duffey had 57 votes under one version of his name and 13 more under two other versions, according to election records. Shellie Leedham also has 57 votes under one version of her name, but can add only 10 more by consolidating votes under three other variants.

Coldsmith has 63 votes under one name and 21 more where his name was written four different ways. Harry S. Myers could total 64 votes, however, if he consolidates the votes he received under three different spellings.

Pool had 64 write-ins under one spelling, but could collect another dozen by filing a consolidation petition.


Christopher A. Firme, winner of the GOP nomination for Washington Township supervisor can win the Democratic nomination, but will have to file for consolidation.

Jeffery L. Zody, Firme's opponent in the GOP primary, has 51 votes under one version of his name and five more under different versions of his name. Firme has 113 votes, but no more than 50 under any of the 10 versions and misspellings of his name.

If neither petitions, Zody would be the nominee by virtue of having the most votes under one name, according to board of election guidelines.

Wilbur Sanders, winner of the GOP primary for Quincy Township supervisor, has 88 total Democratic votes under nine variants of his name, but only 44 under any one version. The man he defeated in the GOP primary, incumbent Supervisor Kerry Bumbaugh, has 52 write-in votes, but 48 of them are under one version of his name, so Sanders will have to file a petition to consolidate or the nomination goes to Bumbaugh.

Roger W. Price beat longtime incumbent Peters Township Supervisor Galen Heckman in the GOP primary and will also win the Democratic nomination, beating Heckman 52 to 42. Price has enough votes under one version of his name to win without consolidating votes.

In Montgomery Township, William T. Coble won the Democratic nomination, but 90 write-ins give Rick Robinson the GOP nomination for a race in the fall.

David C. Ramer, the GOP nominee for supervisor in St. Thomas Township, has 68 Democratic votes under that version of his name, enough to win that nomination over Roger Beckner.

In Hamilton Township, incumbent supervisor James C. Hollenshead won the Republican nomination over Ronald Hunsecker. He has another 243 votes under five versions of his name to win the Democratic primary over Hunsecker, who collected 54 votes.

That seat is held by Republican Bob Boyd, who was unopposed in the primary.


Richard L. "Dick" George won the Democratic nomination for the Ward 1 council seat in Waynesboro and more than enough write-ins to win the GOP nomination over Michael J. Cermak, his opponent in the Democratic primary.

In Waynesboro's Ward 3, Republican nominee Andrew J. Benchoff has won the Democratic nomination on write-ins, as well.

No candidates from either party filed to run in Ward 2, but Dennis N. Cain ran a write-in campaign and won both nominations, according to election figures.

At least 10 write-in votes are needed to win nomination for a municipal office. Some municipalities, however, will have to wait until November to find out who will fill some seats because no one filed to run and no one received enough write-in votes, either.

In Mont Alto, three council seats were open but no candidates filed to run. All those who received write-in votes fell well short of the required 10.

Those who do petition for consolidation by Tuesday will have hearings scheduled with the board of elections, according to Franklin County Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers.

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