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Secor announces candidacy for Franklin County treasurer

February 08, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A retired Pennsylvania State Police trooper and financial services executive has become the second candidate to officially announce his candidacy for the Franklin County treasurer's office.

David Secor, 54, of 1205 Ragged Edge Road, Chambersburg, has announced he is running for the Republican nomination in the May 17 primary. He joins Derek Stoy, 27, of Fort Loudon, Pa., who also is seeking the GOP nomination.

Treasurer Chris Bender, also a Republican, has yet to announce if he will run for a second four-year term in office, which pays $54,107 this year.

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"I think I have the experience in the financial services arena that give me a leg up on the other candidates," said Secor, the vice president of wealth management for the Sentry Trust Co. office in Chambersburg. He said his more than four years of experience with the firm gives him the knowledge to get taxpayers and county government "the best rate of return at the least amount of risk."

The duties of the treasurer include being chairman of the committee that invests county funds and that work as a financial advisor and securities investor will be an asset.

Secor said he would restore "dignity, honor and respect to the office of Franklin County Treasurer."

"The amount of time devoted to the position has not been adequate in the past," he said. "There is a void that needs to be filled in terms of service."

"I'm going to run on my own merits," said Secor, declining to directly criticize Bender.

Secor said he served in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1968-69 and in the Pennsylvania National Guard from 1984 to 1991. He served 25 years with the Pennsylvania State Police, retiring with the rank of corporal in 1997.

Secor said he ran the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance office in Chambersburg for about three years before joining Sentry Trust.

Secor is past president of the Chambersburg Exchange Club and a district director with the Mason Dixon District Exchange. He also is a trustee for the Lutheran Social Services Foundation and an elder at Central Presbyterian Church.

Candidates can pick up nominating petitions for office at the Franklin County Courthouse. The first day to circulate petitions is Feb. 15 and the petitions must be filed with the county by March 8.

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