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Change ahead for Waynesboro Borough Council

November 02, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - It looks simple on the surface - only one contested race - but voters might need a slide rule to figure out how some of the Waynesboro Borough Council candidates got on the ballot for Tuesday's general election.

The only contest pits Republican Allen W. Porter against Democrat Benjamin "Greenie" Greenawalt for a two-year seat in the third ward.

The May 17 primary was a very bad night for some council incumbents.

Ward 2 incumbent C. Harold Mumma, who was appointed in August 2004 to replace Janathan Cain after he resigned, lost the Republican primary to Allen W. Berry, a political neophyte.

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Berry is unopposed Tuesday. No Democrat filed for the seat.

The primary also eliminated Ward 2 Councilwoman Lorena Newcomer, who lost to Jason Stains in May.

Stains also beat Scott V. Robinson, the third candidate in the Ward 2 primary, and is unopposed Tuesday. No Democrat is running.

In February, Stains and Robinson submitted their names, along with Newcomer, for the second ward seat vacated by Councilman Artie Winters.

The council picked Newcomer over Stains and Robinson to replace Winters.

There are two Ward 3 seats up for grabs Tuesday - one for two years, one for four years.

Craig Newcomer, no relation to Lorena Newcomer, beat Stephen Monn in the Republican primary for the four-year slot.

That seat is being vacated by Councilman John Cook, who steps down Dec. 31 after one term.

Craig Newcomer is unopposed Tuesday. No Democrat filed for that seat.

Ward 3's two-year seat, created when Councilman A.J. Benchoff resigned after the primary, represents Tuesday's only contest.

When Benchoff resigned, the council appointed Monn to serve until Dec. 31.

In late July, the Waynesboro Republican committee, meeting in secret, voted 3-2 to put Porter's name on the ballot instead of Monn's.

Later this summer, the Franklin County Democratic Committee nominated Greenawalt to run against Porter.

Greenawalt, 73, of 809 Anthony Ave., a Korean War veteran, is a former postal carrier. Known for his membership in area veterans and fraternal organizations, he is past commander of the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, past seam squirrel of the Military Order of Cooties, past president of the local Eagles Club Inc. and past governor of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Greenawalt said he's ready to take on the challenges of the council.

He said he's campaigning by "word-of-mouth and by listening to people."

Porter, 85, of 932 Sunset Ave., a veteran of World War II, said he was asked to run by four people, including a current council member whom he declined to identify.

Porter served on the council for six years until Dec. 31, 2003.

He said he's running because of all the new members coming on the council after the election.

"It's desirable to have someone with experience so maybe they can avoid some mistakes that might otherwise occur," Porter said.

He has kept up-to-date on council happenings by attending most meetings since he stepped down in 2003.

Porter said he's running a low-keyed campaign.

"The people at this end of town know me. If they want me, they'll vote for me," he said.

Ward 1 incumbent Charles "Chip" McCammon, a Democrat, is running unopposed.

Republican Richard Starliper, a former council member and the only mayoral candidate to file, is unopposed Tuesday. He will replace longtime Mayor Louis Barlup, who chose not to seek another term.

Councilman Dick George is the only one of six council members and the mayor whose seat is not affected by this year's voting. He has two years remaining on his current term.

Members of the council sworn in Jan. 1 will earn $150 a month, double the current salary. The Mayor's salary jumps from $1,500 to $2,500 a year.

Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

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