Fleagle-Rock race is highlight of light primary in Pa.

May 15, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The biggest races in Tuesday's primary in Franklin County will be the contest for the Republican nomination for the 90th District seat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate and lieutenant governor races on Democratic ballots.

Otherwise, voters in many parts of the county will find few choices on their ballots, particularly in the Republican primary.

Turnout for the last similar primary in 2002 was 16 percent, according to figures from the Voter Registration Office.

Commissioner Bob Thomas, a member of the Board of Elections, predicted last week the 90th District race will drive turnout up to about 30 percent. Commissioner Cheryl Plummer predicted 19 percent and Commissioner G. Warren Elliott split the difference, estimating turnout at less than 25 percent.

State Rep. Patrick Fleagle is facing his first primary fight since his initial campaign for the 90th District seat in 1988. Waynesboro School Board member Todd Rock is challenging Fleagle, who is running for a 10th term, to represent the Waynesboro, Greencastle and Mercersburg areas in the southern part of the county.


House freshman Rob Kauffman, R-89th, has no primary opponent, but likely will face Democrat Andrew Alosi in November. Alosi is unopposed for his party's nomination.

In the 86th District, freshman Republican Rep. Mark Keller is unopposed and no Democrat filed to run.

Franklin County contains two precincts of the 91st House District, one each in Guilford and Quincy townships. Most of the district is in southern Adams County, and Republican incumbent Stephen Maitland is being challenged by Dan Moul. On the Democratic ballot, Alan Henry and Patrick L. Naugle are vying for the nomination.

In statewide races, Democrats will choose between Bob Casey Jr., Alan Sandals and Chuck Pennacchio for the U.S. Senate nomination to take on Republican incumbent Rick Santorum. Democratic incumbent Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll faces three primary challengers for her office - William A. Hall III, Valerie McDonald Roberts and Gene Stilp

Gov. Ed Rendell and Republican Lynn Swann face no competition in their gubernatorial primaries, and Jim Matthews is unopposed in his bid for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor.

With no state or local referenda, the nearly 10,000 people registered as independents or with smaller parties cannot vote in the primary. There are 48,181 registered Republicans and 23,717 Democrats in the county, according to Voter Registration Office records.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the county's 74 precincts.

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