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Stoy set for county treasurer's run

February 01, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

FORT LOUDON, PA. - A Fannett-Metal School Board member is the first person to throw his hat in the ring for the Republican nomination for Franklin County Treasurer.

Derek J. Stoy, 27, of 5394 Forest Lane, is making his second run for the GOP nomination for treasurer. In 2001, Stoy placed third in the three-way primary race won by Chris A. Bender of Fayetteville, Pa., who also won the general election.

"I'm just not happy with what's going on in the treasurer's office," Stoy said. "There's a lot of things he's doing that I'm not happy with," he said of Bender, although he declined to elaborate.

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Stoy said he will bring "dignity, pride and a full-time commitment to the office."

The primary will be held May 17.

For the past three years, Stoy has worked for Dennis E. Black Engineering Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa., where he is now the supervisor of construction inspectors. Prior to that, he worked in the County Assessment Office.

"Working at the assessment office for three years gave me a good understanding of the licenses that are sold at the treasurer's office," he said. Among other duties, the treasurer's office is the primary agent for hunting, fishing, dog and small games of chance licenses.

"From the customer service standpoint, everyone coming through that door wants something," said Stoy. "I feel I can give them good customer service."

He called the treasurer's office staff "outstanding," but said the office needs new leadership.

Stoy was elected to the school board when he was 22 and is in the second year of his second four-year term. He also serves on the board of the Franklin Learning Center, he said.

A county Republican Committee member for four years, Stoy serves on the Metal Township Citizens Advisory Board, its Agriculture Security Area Committee and is chairman of the township's Vacancy Board.

He is assistant ambulance chief for the Metal Township Fire and Ambulance Co. An emergency medical technician, Stoy said he has been a volunteer with the company since he was 14.

Bender said Monday he had not prepared a formal announcement regarding his plans to run for a second four-year term. The position pays $54,107 this year, according to county records.

The first day for candidates to circulate nominating petitions is Feb. 15. The petitions have to be filed by March 8, according to the Pennsylvania election calendar.

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