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Stenger elected mayor in McConnellsburg

November 10, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The son of longtime McConnellsburg mayor Max Stenger will take over his father's seat.

James H. Stenger, a Republican, won the mayoral race Tuesday with 164 votes to Peggy Sue Bailey's 44. Incumbent Rudy Mihilick was defeated in the May primary.

The late Max Stenger had served as mayor of McConnellsburg for 42 years and was recognized as one of the oldest mayors in Pennsylvania.

James H. Stenger, 61, owns The Toyer's Shop, a machine shop and engine manufacturing business in McConnellsburg. On Wednesday, Stenger said of his upcoming four-year term, "We're going to do the best we can. I've been in the community a long time. I've had a business here, in different forms, for 35 years."

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Three seats were open on the seven-seat borough council, but no candidates filed for them, according to Richard L. Wible, chief clerk of Fulton County.

Jack Fields, borough secretary, said one of the seats was vacated because the council member moved out of town. The others "were tired of it, they'd had it long enough," Fields said, and "nobody was interested."

The seats, which carry a four-year term, will be filled by the top three vote-getters on the write-in ballots. Results have not yet been made public.

Most of the races in the general election in Fulton County were uncontested.

Sixty-three percent of those voting chose to retain Common Pleas Court Judge John Walker.

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