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Rock, 37, leads in district justice race

November 05, 2003|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - With 10 of 11 voting precincts reporting Tuesday night, Republican Kelly L. Rock was holding a comfortable lead over Douglas J. Furness, her Democratic opponent in the race for Franklin County's new district justice seat.

Rock had 1,854 votes to 1,115 that Furness picked up from the 10 precincts. Included in the unofficial results were three of the four Quincy Township precincts, the Borough of Mont Alto and each of Guilford Township's six precincts.

The new district, which was created this year, will handle cases from Guilford and Quincy townships and the Borough of Mont Alto. District justices serve six year terms, earn about $60,000 a year and have their own offices and paid staffs.

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The new office brings to seven the number of district justices serving in Franklin County.

For Rock, 37, of 101 Elm St., Mont Alto, being a district justice is a family tradition. Her grandparents served as justices of the peace in Franklin County back before the system changed to district justices.

Rock, a library aide in Waynesboro Area Middle School, said she ran for the office because she felt she could make a difference in people's lives.

Furness, 38, of 155 Wilkson Lane, Fayetteville, has for the last five years taught government and economics classes in the Carlisle Area School District.

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