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Pentz make brief return to politics in Chambersburg

November 02, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - George Pentz emerged from political retirement in September and will be going right back to it Nov. 14.

Pentz, who served on the Chambersburg Borough Council from 1985 to 1995, was appointed Sept. 19 to fill the vacancy created when former Fourth Ward Councilman John Redding, the Republican mayoral candidate in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election, moved to another part of the borough.

The borough code requires vacancies be filled within 30 days, but the council was left with a dilemma because the seat is also up for election. Republican candidate Mary Beth Shank and Democrat Juan Catano are running for the seat, but the council did not want to appoint either of the candidates to avoid any appearance of favoritism, Council President William McLaughlin said.

Next week, the residents of the Fourth Ward will pick a new council member, and on Monday, Nov. 14, the board intends to appoint the winner to fill the vacancy through the end of the year, when Shank or Catano will be sworn into office, McLaughlin said.

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"It's been a pleasure and an honor to be back up here again," Pentz said.

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