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Incumbent commissioners retain seats in Franklin County

November 05, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

The voters of Franklin County Tuesday night voted to retain the current board of county commissioners for another four years, giving third terms to Chairman G. Warren Elliott and commissioners Bob Thomas and Cheryl Plummer.

With 70 of 75 precincts reporting, Elliott, 48, was leading with 11,994 votes to 11,133 for fellow Republican Bob Thomas, 48. Plummer, 54, the lone Democrat on the board, was running third with 5,698 votes, according to unofficial results.

Don Richards, 52, of 12301 Nancy Drive, Greencastle, Pa., was running fourth with 3,408 votes, according to the unofficial count. Richards is chairman of the county's Democratic committee and a laser programmer with a Frederick, Md., manufacturer.

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Plummer, of 3596 Eagle Drive in Chambersburg, is the most senior of the commissioners in terms of years on the board. She was appointed to office in January 1994 following the death of Commissioner Dennis Zeger.

Elliott, of 825 Shatzer Orchard Road in Chambersburg, had served an interim term in 1987 following the retirement of commissioner Fred Rock.

Plummer said she was not disappointed to be the low vote-getter among the three returning commissioners.

"It's a 2-to-1 Republican majority of registered voters, and when you look at it that way, I fell right into line with the voter registration in the county," she said. "I was very pleased with the results."

All three were elected to their first terms in 1995.

Thomas lives at 171 Lincoln Road, Chambersburg.

"I think we've done a lot of good work," Elliott said. "We've built a really strong foundation and we can build on that the next four years."

It was a low-key campaign from the start with only the four candidates filing in the May 20 primary. The three incumbents stressed accomplishments in maintaining low real estate taxes, preserving farm land and bolstering county programs.

Richards said taxes had risen considerably since the board took office and said there is a need to improve the county's environment regarding issues such as the use of sewage sludge on farm land and

Commissioners are salaried at $55,303 this year.

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