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Eichelberger, Shriver and Bastian elected to Orphans' Court

November 08, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

Two Republican incumbents, Joseph Eichelberger and John Shriver, held on to their seats as Judges of the Orphans' Court after Tuesday's election, according to complete but unofficial results.

Republican Gloria Bastian won the third seat with 17,669 votes, or 22.20 percent of ballots cast.

The Judges of the Orphans' Court meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, are elected to four-year terms and make $7,000 a year. The judges settle disputes over estates and certify wills. The court also sets attorneys fees in estate matters and has jurisdiction over guardianship of minors.

Shriver, 56, of Williamsport, has served as an Orphans' Court Judge since 1994, and was appointed Chief Judge in 2002. He received 18,155 votes (22.81 percent).

Eichelberger, 65, of Sharpsburg, was first elected to the court in 2002. In 2003, he was appointed by Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Robert M. Bell to a two-year term to the Conference of Orphans Court Judges, a board of orphans court judges from across the state. He received the most votes, with 18,232 (22.91 percent).

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Bastian, 73, of Williamsport, ran for a seat on Orphans' Court because she has served as a guardian for a relative's children and can deal with sensitive material, she said.

Joseph "Joe" D. Faith, 70, and Sam Tubaugh, 77, ran as Democrats. Faith received 13,308 votes (16.72 percent) and Tubaugh received 12,138 votes (15.25 percent).

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