Three seek four open seats on Greencastle Borough Council

October 29, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Voters in the Borough of Greencastle will have the choice in Tuesday's general election of sending three incumbents back to the Borough Council or leaving one out and selecting a newcomer in his place.

The four - incumbents Donald Coldsmith, Harold R. Duffey and Harry S. Myers and challenger Jerry Pool - survived a seven-candidate race for the council in the May 20 primary.

When voters go to the polls Tuesday they will see Coldsmith and Duffey as the Democratic and Republican nominees on the ballot. Pool is the Republican nominee. Myers, like the other three a Republican, won enough Democratic write-in votes to become the Democratic nominee on the ballot.


Coldsmith, 70, of 151 Apple Drive, has been on the council since 1996, the year he was appointed to fill out the remaining two years of a councilmember who resigned. He won a four-year term in 1998.

Coldsmith had served eight years previously, from 1964 to 1972, he said.

He said he's running again because of all the growth coming to the borough.

"It's going to need a firm hand to control it," he said.

Duffey, 57, of 54 Homestead Drive, is a 10-year council veteran. He said he is not campaigning for re-election.

"I just put my name on the ballot," he said. Asked what he thought his chances of winning were, he said, "I guess we'll know after the election."

Duffey said he's interested in Greencastle and pledged to "do what I can" as a councilman. "All of the candidates who are running are good," he said.

Myers, 62, of 541 E. Baltimore St., served previously on the council from 1993 to 2001, he said.

He was appointed by the council to fill out the remaining term of Councilman Richard Walck, who resigned in February when he moved out of the borough.

Walck's term expires Dec. 31.

Myers said he decided to seek re-election because he feels that his experience on the board is needed.

"The majority of the council wanted me back," he said.

Pool, 63, of 145 Oak Lane, said he is holding to the same campaign platform as he had in the May primary - reforming the borough police department.

"We're spending too much money on the police department," he said. "We've had an increase in their budget and a decrease in the services they provide."

Pool said the department now has a meter maid where before officers did meter duty. The department also has stopped escorting funerals, he said.

Pool, an industrial engineer at Jerr-Dan Corp., said his campaign will rely on political signs. "I've been a Greencastle resident for 40 years. People know me," he said.

Councilmembers in Greencastle make $75 a month.

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