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Barkdoll, Thomas only announced candidates in commission race

February 14, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Tuesday morning's announcement by Franklin County Commissioners G. Warren Elliott and Cheryl Plummer that they would not seek re-election has opened the field for the Republican and Democratic primaries on May 15.

By Tuesday afternoon, the field of possible candidates for the three-member Board of County Commissioners had grown to seven, only two of whom have formally announced their candidacies.

One is incumbent Republican Bob Thomas who, at the same press conference at which Elliott and Plummer bowed out, announced he is seeking a fourth term. Clinton Barkdoll, an attorney and former Waynesboro (Pa.) Borough Councilman, announced last week he will seek one of the two Democratic nominations.

"I appreciate their years of service to the county and I think they've made a good decision at this to move on to other things," Barkdoll, 33, said after hearing of the announcement.

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Treasurer Dave Secor, a Republican, picked up an election packet following the announcement.

"It means I'm considering running for commissioner ... I have a lot to discuss with my wife," Secor, 56, said. An announcement could come by Thursday, he said.

"I understand the demands of the job" on family life, said Carl Barton, 65, the secretary of Citizens for Responsible Government and a retired federal employee. The Republican was at the announcement and previously picked up an election packet, but declined to say if he has decided to run.

Republican Douglas Tengler, a former Waynesboro Borough Council president, has also picked up a packet, as have David S. Keller, a registered Republican from Chambersburg and Eugene Rideout, a Democrat, of Shippensburg, Pa.

Each party will nominate two candidates in the primary. The three candidates with the most votes in November will be the winners of the Board of Commissioners seats.

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