Pa. races take shape

Starliper unopposed for Waynesboro mayor

March 09, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. - Candidacies filed by developer Ronnie Martin for a Waynesboro (Pa.) Borough Council seat and by former Councilman Richard Starliper for mayor of Waynesboro topped a long list of candidates who met Tuesday's filing deadline for borough offices across Franklin County.

Nine candidates are running for the four open council seats in Waynesboro.

Ward 2 has two slots, including the remaining two years of Janathan Cain's four-year term. Cain resigned late last year.

C. Harold Mumma, a Republican appointed to fill out Cain's term until Dec. 31, filed for the two-year term. He faces a GOP primary challenge May 17 from Allen W. Berry.

Veteran Ward 2 Councilman Ardie Winters resigned last month. Republican Lorena Newcomer was appointed to complete his term, which ends Dec. 31, and filed for a four-year term. Her GOP primary challengers are Jason B. Stains and Scott V. Robinson.


Ward 3 Incumbent John Cook is not running again. Vying for his four-year seat are Republicans Stephen L. Monn and Craig L. Newcomer.

Incumbent Council President Charles "Chip" McCammon, a Democrat, and Republican Martin have no primary challengers in the Ward 1 bids. They will fight it out in the Nov. 1 general election.

Incumbent Waynesboro Mayor Louis Barlup is not running for re-election. Starliper is the only mayoral candidate who filed.

Starliper said he served on the council for 14 years, including the last four as president. He stepped down in 2001.

n In Greencastle, Pa., seven people filed for four open seats, including incumbents Barbara B. Bock, Charles Eckstine, W. Jean Oliver and Sydnae Vanner, all Republicans. The two GOP challengers are Paul T. Schemel and Harry Foley. The sole Democratic challenger is Kate Deater.

Incumbent Mayor Robert "Red" Pensinger is running unopposed.

n Four seats are up this year on the Chambersburg Borough Council. The four GOP incumbents seeking re-election are Kenneth L. Gill, Ward 5; Allen S. Frantz Jr., Ward 2; Glenn K. Manns, Ward 3 and Allen B. Coffman, Ward 1.

Mary Beth Shank is the Republican primary challenger in Ward 4.

Democrats seeking a council seat are Juan Cetano, Ward 4, and Harold E. Curtis, Ward 3.

n Mercersburg, Pa., Mayor James C. Zeger has no GOP opponent on May 17, but he will be challenged in November by Democratic Councilman Roger Defibaugh. Defibaugh has no primary fight.

Three incumbents are facing challenges for their seats on the Mercersburg Borough Council. Republican Daniel Jones will go up against challengers Dennis L. Bennett, Lana Gordon and Christopher Coote in that party's primary.

The two Democratic council incumbents are Betty Stenger and Danyelle Howe. The third Democrat in the primary is former Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown.

n Running for Borough Council in Mont Alto, Pa., are Republicans Michael J. Kauffman, Fred J. Herrington, Ginger Weaver, Debra Lee and the only Democrat, Dennis W. Monn. Steven L. Knepper, a Republican, is running for Mayor.

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