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Attorney files for primary election

February 08, 2007|by DON AINES

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro attorney and one-time borough councilman has become the first candidate to announce he is running for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

"I'm concerned about some of the spending by the current board of commissioners," Clint Barkdoll said Wednesday. "Since 1995, the county budget has tripled in size. That statistic in and of itself is very alarming."

"That's a very poor way to manage a budget and demonstrates a lack of ability to control spending," he said.

The number of county employees, he said, has grown by 40 percent during the same period under Republican Commissioners G. Warren Elliott and Bob Thomas and Democrat Cheryl Plummer. Barkdoll stated in his announcement that the board "is in serious need of creative leadership and major reform."

Barkdoll is seeking one of the two Democratic nominations in the May 15 primary. The 33-year-old Washington Township man is a partner in the law firm of Kulla, Barkdoll, Ullman & Painter.

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Barkdoll also is the owner of Center Square Real Estate Settlement Services Inc. and is solicitor for the Franklin County Treasurer's and Prothonotary's offices.

Barkdoll further criticized the board's management style, saying he has gone through several years of meeting minutes and "I have not yet found one time where there's been a dissenting vote ... Logically, how can that be? To me, it suggests we might have a lack of deliberation and debate."

"Being a commissioner would be top priority if I'm elected," he said.

A graduate of Dickinson School of Law, Barkdoll will maintain his law practice if elected, but suggests county meetings be moved to different locations and held during the evenings to allow more public participation.

Barkdoll said he wants to bar row officers from being paid board members of for-profit companies doing business with the county. On his campaign Web site, Barkdoll stated that Elliott is on the board of F&M Bank, "the number one depository of county assets."

Barkdoll stated that Elliott recuses himself on votes involving F&M, but "his dual role as commissioner and F&M board member sends a very poor message to the public."

The county also could explore "nontax sources of income," Barkdoll said. While serving an interim appointment on the Waynesboro Borough Council several years ago, Barkdoll initiated a program to lease concession rights at borough recreation facilities.

Updates on issues and Internet chats will be features of his campaign Web site at www.votebarkdoll.com, Barkdoll said.

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