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Councilman says he's running for Chambersburg mayor

February 18, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Fourth Ward Chambersburg Borough Councilman John A. Redding will not run for re-election to his council seat, but he is running in the May 17 primary for the Republican nomination to become the next mayor of Chambersburg.

Redding, 74, of 204 Glen St., said he will not run for a fourth four-year term on council because of a planned move to another ward in the borough. His announcement places him in potential competition for the nomination with incumbent Republican Mayor Thomas Newcomer.

"I've had 12 years representing the Fourth Ward. I have a background in management and I think I can work to the benefit of the borough and the police department," Redding said Tuesday.

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As of Thursday, Newcomer, 60, said he was not ready to announce whether he will run for a second term. Newcomer was a Second Ward councilman before being elected mayor in 2001, replacing Democrat Robert Morris.

In the borough, the mayor only votes to break ties in the case of a deadlock on the 10-member council. The mayor is in charge of the police department and Newcomer has been at odds with some council members and police over management of the department.

Redding, who is in his 12th year on the council, offered no specific criticism of Newcomer and no changes he would make as mayor, but said he enjoyed public service and wanted to continue serving the borough.

A resident of the borough since 1956, Redding is chairman of the borough's Finance Committee and the retired director of personnel, training and force development for the former Depot System Command at Letterkenny Army Depot. He is chairman of the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority, which manages former depot property the Army has turned over for civilian development.

The candidate also has served as chairman of the Franklin County United Way board of directors, chairman of the borough's first Fair Housing Commission and executive director of the Franklin County Foundation.

Candidates for mayor have until March 8 to submit nominating petitions to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners Office. The position pays $343 a month, according to borough figures.

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