Candidate pulls out of sheriff's race

June 24, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Dane Anthony, who won the Democratic nomination for Franklin County sheriff, said Monday he was withdrawing from the race because "it's the best thing for me and my family."

The news came as a pleasant surprise for incumbent three-term Republican Sheriff Robert B. Wollyung, who said Monday night he was relieved by Anthony's decision.

Anthony did not elaborate about his decision other than to say a lot has happened and that stepping down was in the best interest of his family.


In a letter to the editor he wrote last week, Anthony said he was looking forward to the General Election in November and asked for the continued support of the voters.

"As many of you know," he said in his letter, "I believed that if I worked hard enough I could win the race for sheriff ... I quit my job in order to run. I made many sacrifices, not the least of which was my family. When you run for office your family endures the same highs and lows as you endure."

Anthony was a deputy sheriff, a job he said he had to quit to run for public office. He said he has a job as a trainee in a cabinet shop.

The sheriff's job pays about $50,000 a year, Wollyung said.

Wollyung first ran in 1991 and succeeded Raymond Hussack as sheriff. Hussack served for 12 years, Wollyung said.

He said he beat an opponent in that race, was unopposed for his second term and had opposition four years ago.

Wollyung beat Anthony by more than 1,000 votes in the GOP primary in May, but Anthony picked up about 1,000 write-in votes on the Democratic side. Wollyung picked up about 500 write-in votes on that ticket, he said.

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