Changes made to Waynesboro council ballot

July 27, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Keeping his seat on the Waynesboro Borough Council is a fleeting objective for Councilman Stephen Monn.

On a 3-2 secret ballot Tuesday night, members of the Waynesboro Republican Committee voted to replace Monn on the November election ballot and instead nominated former Councilman Allen Porter.

Committee members voting were Waynesboro Tax Collector Delmos E. Oldham, who set up Tuesday's meeting, Alva Pentz, David Cook and Don Schilling. Former Councilman A.J. Benchoff voted by proxy.

Committee members absent were Kathi Schilling and Tom Mills.

The meeting was conducted by Roger Beckner, chairman of the Franklin County Republican Committee. He said Porter's name will be brought before the full county committee for ratification.


Monn ran for the single Third Ward seat that was voted upon in the May 15 primary. He lost to Craig Newcomer.

Benchoff resigned shortly after the primary. He was elected to Porter's Third Ward seat in 2003 when Porter decided not to run.

The council, on a 5-1 vote, appointed Monn to serve out Benchoff's term through Dec. 31.

Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon cast his vote for Porter to replace Benchoff.

McCammon is the council's lone Democrat. He was ousted as council president by a unanimous vote last week by the council, angered over McCammon's unilateral decision to change council committee assignments. Councilman Harold Mumma was voted in as president.

Monn said after his appointment in June that he planned to run in November for the remaining two years of Benchoff's term.

Monn said after the vote that he would not run a write-in campaign.

"Yes, it's a little disheartening," he said, "but I have other things going on. I'm on the Main Street Waynesboro committee and I belong to the Waynesboro Historical Society."

The committee deliberated for less than a half-hour before Beckner came out to tell Porter he had been nominated.

"It was as close as it could get," he told Monn.

The makeup of the council will change significantly Jan. 1 when three new members, including Porter, take seats following the November elections. All three are Republicans. Waynesboro Republicans have a more than 2-1 majority over Democrats.

Mumma, Monn and Councilwoman Lorena Newcomer (no relation to Craig Newcomer) lost primary bids in May. All three were appointed in the last few months to replace members who resigned.

Also, longtime Mayor Louis M. Barlup will be replaced by former council member Richard "Dick"Starliper, who ran unopposed in the May primary and faces no announced challengers in the November election.

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