Candidates draw lots in Pa.

March 18, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Candidates for the May 17 primary drew numbered beads from a red plastic bottle Thursday to determine ballot positions in contested races.

The advantage of being first on the ballot depends on the number of people in a race and the office, according to Franklin County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott.

"I think first is worth about 10 percent" if several people are running for the same office and voters are not familiar with the candidates, said Elliott.


"It doesn't mean anything if two people are running," said Republican Jury Commissioner Allen Twigg. "If there are five or six candidates, I wouldn't want to be in the middle."

For the Republican nomination for county treasurer, David Secor will be listed first followed by Derek J. Stoy, Jim Knox and incumbent Chris Bender.

Twigg topped the list for Republican jury commissioner with challenger Gina Myers second. For Democratic jury commissioner, challenger William D. Butts will be listed in front of incumbent Rowe B. Byers.

In the magisterial district judge contest in Greencastle, Pa., in which the candidates cross-filed, Shirley Shatzer drew a lower number for the GOP ballot, while Duane K. Cunningham got the Democratic top spot.

Challenger Lynda Beckwith will be first on both ballots above incumbent David E. Hawbaker for the district magisterial judge race in Mercersburg, Pa.

Challenger John A. Redding will be listed above Chambersburg Mayor Tom Newcomer on the GOP ballot for the mayoral nomination.

In Greencastle, where six Republican candidates are vying for four ballot positions, W. Jean Oliver will be listed first followed by Barbara B. Bock, Syndae Vanner, Charles Eckstine, Paul T. Schemel and Harry Foley.

With two seats open on the Washington Township Board of Supervisors, Richard Mohn Jr. tops the GOP ballot. He is followed by John T. Gorman, Arthur T. Cordell and Carroll C. Sturm.

There are two seats open on the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors, where the order of appearance on the Republican ballot will be Larson Wenger, B.J. Roberts Jr., Rodney L. Eberly, Curtis W. Myers and Sam L. Miller.

Scott V. Robinson will be listed first on the Republican ballot for a four-year term on council from the Second Ward in Waynesboro, followed by Lorena M. Newcomer and Jason B. Stains. C. Harold Mumma will be listed above Allen W. Berry on the GOP ballot for the two-year council seat in the Second Ward.

On the GOP ballot for Waynesboro's Third Ward four-year council seat, Craig L. Newcomer won the draw over Stephen L. Monn.

Joseph S. Middour won the draw over Kerry Bumbaugh to top the GOP ballot for Quincy Township supervisor. William R. McDowell's name will be above Lester R. (Bob) Gehr's on the Republican ballot for Peters Township supervisor.

Jeffrey W. Furry tops the ballot over Todd Burns for the Republican nomination for Greene Township supervisor. Rick Robinson's name will be above Michael Rife's on the GOP ballot for Montgomery Township supervisor.

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