Two incumbents ousted in Pa. council race

November 09, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two Democrats who got on the November ballot by winning their primaries as write-in candidates defeated incumbent Republicans in Chambersburg Borough Council races Tuesday night, according to complete, but unofficial, results from the Franklin County Election Board.

"I think the people were ready for a change," said Heath Talhelm, 34, who defeated Fifth Ward Councilman Kenneth Gill 434-408, according to unofficial results. "I think the people wanted a councilman who would be more active and wants to work with people and wants to do more."

"Needless to say, I'm disappointed, but I wish him well," said Gill, 62.

"The borough has a lot of challenges before it," he said.

"I don't know," Janet Lukic, 63, said when asked how she defeated Second Ward Councilman Allen S. Frantz. "I walked the streets and met with the people door-to-door. It was a tight race," said Lukic, who also made the ballot as a write-in.


"Apparently, the voters in the Second Ward wanted a change," Frantz said.

The council will have another new member in Mary Beth Shank, 27, the Republican nominee who defeated Democrat Juan Catano for the Fourth Ward seat. Former Councilman John Redding resigned the seat in September when he moved to another ward.

The council appointed George Pentz, another former councilman, to fill the seat until the election was decided. Pentz has submitted his resignation effective Nov. 14.

"I'm really excited to get started," said Shank, an attorney.

Third Ward Councilman Glenn K. Manns survived a challenge from Harold E. Curtis, 178-128 to win a full term. Manns had been appointed in 2004 to fill a vacancy on the council.

Council members earn an annual salary of $4,125.

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