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Names are many, choices are few on ballots in Pa.

November 07, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA.

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

There are about 230 names on the ballots for Tuesday's municipal elections in Franklin County, but the number of contested races comes down to a handful as many of those running for office captured both nominations in the May primary, or face no opposition on the ballot.

The only major countywide race, for example, is for treasurer and Dave Secor of Chambersburg secured both party nominations in May. Many other positions, such as township assessor and auditor seats, have no candidates filed and are usually filled by appointment.

Many of the offices listed on the ballots are for judges and inspectors of elections, the officials who preside over voting at the county's 77 precincts during primaries and general elections.

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Voters in Chambersburg perhaps have the most to choose from Tuesday, with contested races for the mayor's office and four of the five council seats up for election.

The following are the major races in Tuesday's election:

Chambersburg

The borough will have a new mayor in 2006. Republican John A. Redding, a former councilman who defeated incumbent Mayor Tom Newcomer in the May primary, is running against Jason Bitner, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

There are races for four of the five borough council seats up for election. Republican incumbent Allen S. Frantz is facing a challenge from Democrat Janet Lukic in the Second Ward; Democrat Harold E. Curtis is running against incumbent Republican Glenn K. Manns in the Third Ward; and Republican Kenneth L. Gill is defending his Fifth Ward seat from a challenge by Democrat Heath Talhelm.

In the Fourth Ward, Democrat Juan Catano and Republican Mary Beth Shank are vying for an open seat.

Waynesboro

There is one contested council borough race in Waynesboro, where Democrat Benjamin Greenawalt is up against Allen W. Porter, a former councilman recently appointed to fill a vacancy in the Third Ward. The winner earns a two-year term on the council.

Greencastle

There are five candidates on the ballot for four seats on the Greencastle Borough Council, although W. Jean Oliver was too late in her attempt to withdraw from the race and has indicated she will not serve if elected. The other candidates are Harry Foley, Charles Eckstine, Kate Deater and Paul Schemel.

Mercersburg

Betty Stenger, Elizabeth R. Brown, Lana M. Gordon and Daniel Jones are the four candidates for a pair of two-year seats on the Mercersburg Borough Council.

Antrim Township

Two candidates - Sam Miller and Curtis W. Myers - are on the ballot for two seats on the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors, although one of the incumbents defeated in the May primary, Larson Wenger, has announced he is running a write-in campaign for another six-year term.

Quincy Township

The question for voters is not who to elect to the township Board of Supervisors, but how many to elect in the future. Kerry Bumbaugh, a former supervisor, won both nominations in May for the one seat up for election Tuesday, but voters will also decide how many members the board should have.

Residents are being asked to vote "yes" or "no" on a ballot question on whether to expand the three-member board to five members.

Washington Township

Democrat Joey D. Kline and Republican Donald L. Ambrose are running for township tax collector.

Chambersburg School Board

Paul Ambrose won both the Republican and Democratic nominations for the Region One school board seat, but incumbent Robert Helman announced he is running a write-in campaign for another four years on the board.

Greencastle-Antrim School Board

Democratic nominee Teresa Rainey and Republican nominee Michael Shindle are running for a two-year seat on the board. Both are also listed among the six candidates running for four four-year seats on the board.

The others are Patricia Fridgen, Charles McClain, G. William Thorne and Daniel Fisher.

Tuscarora School Board

Five candidates - Janice M. Hawbaker, Jane M. Rice, Donnie Piper, Beckie Jo Higgins and Jeffrey L. Spidel - are running for four seats on the school board.

Magisterial District Judge

Only one of the four magisterial district judge seats up for election Tuesday presents voters with a choice. Incumbent Shirley M. Shatzer of District 39-3-05, which serves Greencastle and Antrim Township, won the Democratic primary, but lost the GOP primary to Duane K. Cunningham.

Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, 39th Judicial District

Every 10 years, sitting Court of Common Pleas judges are listed on the ballot for retention, where voters decide whether they shall serve another 10 years. Judge John R. Walker is president judge of the 39th District of the Court of Common Pleas, which includes Franklin and Fulton counties.

Walker has been on the bench for 20 years.

The polls for the county's 77 precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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