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Four candidates seek two seats on Washington Township board

April 28, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Arthur Cordell and Richard Mohn Jr., both appointed to fill unexpired terms on the Washington Township Board of Supervisors, filed for the May 17 Republican primary in hopes of earning their own six-year terms.

John T. Gorman and Carroll Sturm are challenging Cordell and Mohn to make it a four-way race for the two seats.

The top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 8 general election. No Democrats filed for that party's May 17 primary.

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Supervisors in Washington Township are paid $60 per meeting.

Cordell was appointed to the board in April 2001 to replace Quinter Baumgardner, who died while in office. Cordell won the November 2001 election to fill out the remaining four years of Baumgardner's six-year term, which expires Dec. 31.

Mohn was appointed in March 2004 to replace Supervisor Dick Eigenbrode, who resigned for health reasons. Monn is filling out the remaining 22 months of Eigenbrode's six-year term, which ends Dec. 31.

Gorman and Sturm both sought Eigenbrode's seat along with Mohn.

The four candidates are:

Arthur T. Cordell, 59, of 13061 Old Mill Road, is chairman of the board of supervisors.

He works as a construction superintendent with AC&T Inc. in Hagerstown. He said his 30 years in the construction business helps him in his position as a supervisor.

"My experience in roadway construction has been and will be valuable to the township in building new roads and maintaining existing roads," he said.

The fact that he understands that growth in the township is inevitable is a good reason for voters to support him, he said.

"We are experiencing growth now," he said. "We must adhere to the (existing) regulations and ordinances and adjust (them) for the future to protect our rural areas."

John T. Gorman, 45, of 12894 Monterey Lane in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., is a supervisor with Volvo North American Powertrain in Hagerstown.

This is Gorman's first try at elected office.

He is chairman of the volunteer Citizens Zoning Advisory Committee, an ad hoc group appointed by the supervisors to study the township and other municipalities' zoning ordinances and recommend changes.

He said his service on the committee has made him knowledgeable about current and model zoning ordinances needed to meet the township's projected growth.

He said voters should consider him on May 17 "because I will support the goals and visions of those who want to preserve open space, proper planning and who want to maintain the quality of life we have today."

Richard Mohn Jr., 46, of 13160 Iroquois Trail, owns Fun Castle, an outdoor amusement park at 3054 Buchanan Trail East. As a lifelong area resident, he said he shares the same concerns about taxes, roads, police services, schools and population increases as other local residents.

"I believe that all of these issues are very important to the future quality of life that we expect here in Washington Township," he said.

He said the fact that he is self-employed is one reason he should be considered by voters because he has the time to devote to township duties.

"As a supervisor, I will work hard to make sure our quality of life is preserved and our taxes stay in line by controlling costs associated with running a proper local government," he said.

Carroll Sturm, 67, of 11525 Hearthwood Drive, also is a novice at running for elected office.

A retired engineer with the Federal Aviation Administration, Sturm has owned an electrical engineering consulting business for seven years.

"I've run multimillion-dollar programs for the government and I have management experience," he said.

"Engineers get to solve a lot of different kinds of problems," a fact that voters need to keep in mind on primary day, he said.

He said the biggest problem facing the current board of supervisors is that "they have let growth explode faster than the infrastructure can handle it."

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