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Porter scores narrow victory in Waynesboro

November 09, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Former Councilman Allen W. Porter squeaked by Benjamin "Greenie" Greenawalt by a mere 11 votes Tuesday in the only contested race for Waynesboro Borough Council with complete, but unofficial, returns from all three of Ward 3's voting precincts reported.

Porter, 85, of 932 Sunset Ave., ended with 219 votes to the 208 garnered by Greenawalt, 73, of 809 Anthony Ave.

Porter served on the council for six years until he stepped down Dec. 31, 2003. This was Greenawalt's first try at politics. He is a retired postal carrier.

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The Ward 3 race was the only contested one in an election that will see four of the six council seats and the mayor's job change hands.

Unopposed candidates Tuesday included:

Ward 1: Incumbent Councilman Charles "Chip" McCammon, who ended the day with 126 votes.

Ward 2: Allen W. Berry, who came in with 146 votes Tuesday.

Jason Stains, who beat incumbent Lorena Newcomer in the Republican primary in May, came in with 175 votes Tuesday.

Ward 3: Craig Newcomer came in with 382 votes to take Ward 3's four-year seat that John Cook is leaving at the end of the year.

Republican Richard Starliper, unopposed Tuesday for mayor, received 781 votes.

Council members sworn in Jan. 1 will earn $150 a month, twice the current salary. The Mayor's salary jumps from $1,500 to $2,500 a year after Jan. 1.

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