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New Pa. mayor sworn in

January 05, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A new mayor and three new council members and two re-elected councilmen were sworn in Tuesday during Chambersburg's annual reorganization meeting.

John A. Redding, a former Fourth Ward Councilman, was sworn in as mayor by Franklin County Judge Carol Van Horn. Redding defeated former Mayor Tom Newcomer in the May Republican primary before going on to win the general election over Democrat Jason Bitner.

Mary Beth Shank was the winner of the race to fill the Fourth Ward vacancy when Redding resigned last year because he moved to another ward. After winning the election for the open seat in November, she was sworn into office to fill the remainder of the term and took the oath of office again Tuesday for her four-year term.

Janet Lukic, who defeated incumbent Allen Frantz in the Second Ward, and Heath Talhelm, who unseated Fifth Ward Councilman Ken Gill, also took their oaths of office.

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Third Ward Councilman Glenn Manns and First Ward Councilman Allen Coffman, both re-elected in November, were sworn in for another four years.

Council President William McLaughlin was re-elected to head the council again and Councilman Robert Wareham was re-elected vice president. Manns was named Finance Committee chairman.

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