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Four file papers seeking job at Franklin Co. treasurer

March 09, 2005|by DON AINES

Franklin County Treasurer Chris Bender will face three opponents in his bid for the Republican nomination in the May 17 primary election, according to petitions filed with the Franklin County Election Board before Tuesday's deadline.

Bender, 43, of Fayetteville, Pa., will be joined in the field of candidates by David M. Secor, 55, of Chambersburg; James E. Knox, 57, of Chambersburg; and Derek Stoy, 27, of Fort Loudon, Pa.

Secor is a retired Pennsylvania State Police officer and is vice president of wealth management for Sentry Trust Co.

Stoy is a member of the Fannett-Metal School Board and supervisor of construction inspectors for a Chambersburg engineering firm.

Knox is a contractor in accounting for the U.S. Navy and the former controller and assistant treasurer for Martin's Potato Rolls in Chambersburg.

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Bender is seeking a second four-year term in office.

No Democrats filed for treasurer, which pays $54,107 this year.

Republican Jury Commissioner Allen V. Twigg and Democratic Jury Commissioner Rowe B. Byers will face competition in the May 17 election.

Because there is one commissioner from each party, the races will be decided in the primary.

Gina K. Myers of Fayetteville is running for Republican jury commissioner and William D. Butts is running against Byers for the Democratic position. The offices pay $11,385 a year.

Four of the county's seven magisterial district judge positions are up for election this year, with two of the incumbents facing challengers.

Shirley Shatzer of Greencastle, Pa., appointed in 1998 and later elected to a full six-year term, will face a challenge from Duane K. Cunningham of Greencastle.

David E. Hawbaker of Mercersburg, Pa., who is running for a fifth term, is being challenged by Lynda Beckwith.

Larry Pentz of Waynesboro, Pa., and Gary L. Carter of Chambersburg, are unopposed in their bids for re-election.

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