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Candidate withdraws from Pa. treasurer's race

March 23, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The field of candidates for Franklin County Treasurer shrank to three Tuesday with the announcement by Derek J. Stoy that he will withdraw from the race and support David Secor.

"As I attended the Lincoln Day Dinner on Monday, it was very apparent to me that the support I so richly desired was just not evident," Stoy, 27, of Fort Loudon, Pa., stated in the letter announcing his withdrawal.

Stoy, incumbent Treasurer Chris Bender and Secor all addressed the more than 300 people who attended the annual Republican dinner. James Knox, who has also filed a nominating petition for the office, did not speak at the dinner.

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Stoy, a supervisor of construction inspectors for a Chambersburg engineering firm who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 2001, wrote that Bender "has ruined the reputation and dignity of that office."

Stoy wrote that Bender drives a school bus during office hours, adding that this is a claim Bender has "denied repeatedly." He stated Bender has failed to fulfill the duties of the office to which he was elected more than three years ago.

In February, Bender told The Herald-Mail he is a substitute bus driver for the Chambersburg Area School District.

Bender said Tuesday afternoon he was surprised, but not disappointed that Stoy was leaving the race. Bender said Stoy's withdrawal could help him in his bid for the nomination, although at the time he was unaware Stoy would announce his support for Secor, a retired Pennsylvania State trooper who is now a vice president with Sentry Trust Co.

Stoy wrote that he and Secor "have very common views on fixing the dilemmas in the treasurer's office ... I will team with him and his campaign to bring dignity, pride and a full-time commitment to the office."

Stoy said he planned to submit his request to withdraw from the race to the county Election Board today, the deadline for candidates to ask that their names not be placed on the ballot.

While Stoy endorsed Secor, the Franklin County Republican Committee met Tuesday night to consider whether it would endorse candidates in the May 17 primary. A motion in support of endorsing candidates was defeated by a vote of 46-7.

Secor and Stoy were at the committee meeting, but Bender and Knox did not attend.

"I feel the people should do the endorsing in the primaries," Republican Committee Chairman Gordon Beckner said before the vote.

The winner of the GOP primary for treasurer will likely be the winner in November. No Democrats filed to run for the office.

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