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Conner, Vandrew file for re-election in Pa.

January 26, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two more Franklin County elected officials, Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner and Clerk of Courts William Vandrew, recently announced they are running for re-election, bringing to five the number of incumbents running for new terms.

Conner, a Republican, is running for his third four-year term. Before being elected seven years ago, he served as chief deputy coroner for 12 years, and prior to that was a deputy coroner.

During his first two terms, the St. Thomas Township resident has directed more than 3,700 incidents, including homicides, suicides, and accidental and natural deaths, as well as approvals for cremations.

Conner's announcement stated he has extensive training in forensic death investigation, including specific training in homicide investigation; interview and interrogation; fire and arson investigation; crime scene techniques; child and elder death investigation; and several courses on crimes of violence.

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Vandrew is seeking his fifth term in office. First elected in 1991, the Republican is president of the Pennsylvania State Association of Prothonotaries and Clerks of Courts.

In his announcement, Vandrew stated that he has presided over the 1995 computerization and 2005 update of his office's Criminal Division. The office manages criminal court records, which he stated steadily have increased from 2,081 in 2004 to 2,254 in 2006.

The Marion, Pa., resident stated he plans to computerize his office's Orphans' Court Division, which includes estate, guardianship and adoption records, as well as the issuing of marriage licenses.

District Attorney John F. Nelson, Prothonotary Linda Beard and Register and Recorder Linda Miller, all Republicans, have announced they are running for their party's nominations in the May 15 primary.

With the retirement at the end of this year of Sheriff Robert Wollyung, two men have announced their candidacy for the Republican nomination. William Kauffman, a former Waynesboro, Pa., police officer and a current deputy, and Dane Anthony, a former deputy who ran unsuccessfully against Wollyung for the GOP nomination, have announced they are running.

Candidates for county, municipal and school board offices can circulate nominating petitions to appear on the primary ballot between Feb. 13 and March 6.

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