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Primary lineup taking shape

January 17, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - With nearly a month to go before candidates may circulate nominating petitions for the May 15 primary, several incumbent county officials have announced they are running for re-election and two candidates have lined up to succeed retiring Franklin County Sheriff Robert Wollyung.

Wollyung is retiring at the end of this year after four terms in office, and Dane Anthony and William Kauffman have announced they will run for the Republican nomination.

Recently employed as a sergeant for security at Letterkenny Army Depot, Anthony served as a sheriff's deputy for 15 years, according to his announcement. Anthony ran unsuccessfully against Wollyung for the Republican nomination in 2003.

Kauffman is a former Waynesboro police officer who serves as a sheriff's deputy.

District Attorney John F. Nelson has announced he is running for re-election. A Republican, he has held the office since 1986 and is running for his sixth four-year term.

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Prothonotary Linda Beard, also a Republican, is running for her fourth term. Another Republican, Register of Deeds and Recorder of Wills Linda Miller, is running for re-election. She is running for a fourth four-year term.

Other countywide offices up for election this year include the three seats on the Board of County Commissioners, currently held by Republicans G. Warren Elliott and Bob Thomas, and Democrat Cheryl Plummer; clerk of courts, held by Republican William Vandrew; coroner, held by Republican Jeffrey R. Conner; and controller, held by Republican Carol Diller.

Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard J. Walsh is up for retention this year. That election is in November and, if a majority of voters approves, he will be retained on the bench for 10 years.

The office of magisterial district judge for District 39-3-04 is up for election this year. Todd R. Williams, a former assistant district attorney, was appointed to the office last year, filling the vacancy created by the death of Magisterial District Judge Larry Meminger in 2005.

Some of the borough council seats in Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Mont Alto, Shippensburg and Orrstown are up for election. Some of the board of supervisor seats in all 15 of the county's townships will be decided this year.

Nominees for seats on the county's six school boards will be decided in the May primary.

Candidates for school boards and the magisterial district judge position may file to run in both the Republican and Democratic primaries, Byers said.

At least 100 signatures are required to appear on the Democratic or Republican primary ballot for countywide offices, as well as the magisterial district judge post, said Jean Byers, the county deputy chief clerk.

Those running for township, borough and school board seats need 10 signatures on their petitions, Byers said.

The period for circulating petitions begins Feb. 13, and they must be returned to the county Election Board by March 6, Byers said.

Those interested in running for office should contact their municipality or school district to find out which offices are up for election, Byers said.

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