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Wenger launches write-in campaign for Antrim board

October 05, 2005|by DON AINES

GREENCASTLE, PA.

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

Having fallen short this spring in his bid to be nominated for a fourth term on the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors, Larson Wenger has announced he is running a write-in campaign for the Nov. 8 general election.

Wenger, 51, of 9344 Hades Church Road, finished fourth among five candidates in the May Republican primary. Challengers Curtis W. Myers and Sam L. Miller won the GOP positions on the November ballot.

Another incumbent, B.J. Roberts Jr., also lost his bid to be renominated for another six-year term.

Myers received 716 votes in the GOP primary followed by Miller with 369. Wenger received 286 votes.

No Democrats filed to run in that party's primary for township supervisor.

"After the spring 2005 election, there were many community and business residents who had concerns about the outcome of the primary election and subsequent information regarding one of the supervisor candidates," Wenger wrote in a press release.

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Wenger said he was referring to Myers, who in July was admitted into the Alternative Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program for 18 months on charges of receiving stolen property and theft in a case involving a trailer found on property he owns.

Myers said in August that the trailer had been left by someone at a storage facility he owns in the Chambersburg area. He said he believed someone stole the trailer, scraped off the identification number and left it there.

Myers in August said he accepted placement into the program on the advice of his attorney. A person who successfully completes the ARD program can request the court to have the charges against them dismissed and expunged from court records, according to District Attorney John F. Nelson.

Wenger attributed part of the reason for not winning the nomination to low voter turnout in May. Some of those urging him to run a write-in campaign told him they failed to vote in the primary, he said.

"We've lowered taxes and we have a hefty cash reserve," Wenger said Tuesday of his record. The board lowered taxes by 4 mills during his 18 years in office, while building a connector road, a park and a water tower, and purchasing a water company, said Wenger, a farmer who is utilities superintendent of the township's water and wastewater departments.

"This has all been paid for out of the reserve funds without borrowing monies, or raising your taxes," he wrote in the news release.

Wenger said his experience with utilities benefits the township in dealing with changes in regulations mandated by the state and federal governments and reduced state subsidies for the operation of municipal sewer systems.

The board also allocated $300,000 this year to purchase the development rights for prime agricultural land in partnership with Franklin County's farmland preservation program.

On the issue of the township's rapid residential development, Wenger stated in his press release that "Antrim Township is taking the lead with this effort by adopting new ordinances that would preserve open space and farmland, doing what we can legally do in order to manage this growth."

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