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Eight will be on Williamsport ballot

February 19, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Next month's Williamsport town election will have four candidates from the Independent Progressive Party competing against four independent candidates. The filing deadline was the close of the day on Friday. Mayor John W. Slayman is running for a sixth term. He is joined on the Independent Progressive line by Chris South, who's running for assistant mayor, and Kenneth Murphy and Fred M. Cole III, who are running for council seats. They will be opposed by mayoral candidate James G. McCleaf II; Monty R. Jones, who's running for assistant mayor; and council candidates Jeff Cline and Nelson F. Deal, all independents. McCleaf served as a councilman for four years and Jones was on the council for two years. Under town law, both automatically forfeited their seats by filing to run for other offices. The Independent Progressive Party made its nominations at a brief convention at Williamsport Town Hall on Thursday evening, then filed on Friday, making their choices official candidates. The election is March 7 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Residents who want to vote in the election may register at Town Hall on Tuesday from 1 to 8 p.m. if they haven't done so already. On Feb. 3, Eddie D. Jordan filed to run for mayor, but Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico said there was a question about his address that was not resolved, so he is not a candidate. Errico said Jordan also did not meet the other requirement for being a candidate, which is being registered to vote in the town. Another person called to ask about running for mayor, but didn't file, Errico said. Assistant Mayor Walter W. Tracy Jr. has said he is not running again because he is moving out of town. Councilwoman Roxann L. Long, whose term is up, also did not file to run for re-election. The other open council seat is McCleaf's. Jones resigned from his seat halfway through his term.

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