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Zeger might run, Secor won't in Franklin County

February 16, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A familiar name in Democratic circles in Franklin County is considering a run for the Board of County Commissioners, while a prominent Republican Thursday decided he will not enter the race.

"I'm just at the considering stage right now ... I like public service," said Mercersburg, Pa., Mayor James Zeger, who picked up an election packet Thursday. "I'm thinking about it very seriously," the 60-year-old Democrat said.

County Treasurer David Secor, a Republican, Thursday said he has decided not to enter the race for one of the two GOP nominations in the May 15 primary.

"After a couple of sleepless nights and weighing the pros and cons, I feel morally and ethically obligated to do this job," said Secor, 56, a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper and former financial adviser who is beginning his second year as treasurer.

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Another Republican, former Waynesboro (Pa.) Council President Douglas J. Tengler, said he will make up his mind on a run office in the next few days.

"I'm meeting with my supporters this weekend and will have an announcement out by Monday at the latest," said Tengler, the assistant director of accounting at Shippensburg (Pa.) University.

Zeger, a teacher at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, has a family connection to the Commissioners Office. His brother Dennis Zeger was elected to three terms, but died in office in 1993.

Zeger said he was asked to finish his brother's term, but declined, with the seat going to Cheryl Plummer.

Plummer, a Democrat, and Board Chairman G. Warren Elliott, a Republican, said Tuesday they would not be seeking re-election to a fourth term. At the same press conference, Republican Commissioner Bob Thomas announced his bid for a fourth term.

The other candidate to officially announce at this point is Democrat Clint Barkdoll, a Waynesboro attorney who served an interim appointment on the Waynesboro Borough Council.

"I think they've done a great job really," Zeger said of the current board. "I'd like to continue that if I decide to run."

Zeger's past public service includes 22 years on the Tuscarora School Board. He is now in his second term as mayor of Mercersburg.

"I think this is a good opportunity for new leadership," Tengler, 37, said. His background in accounting, government auditing and on the borough council are his strong points, he said.

Secor did not rule out a run in the future, but for now wants to continue "to do my job with investing the county's funds, which is my forte."

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