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Tengler announces candidacy for commissioner

February 19, 2007|From Staff reports

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A former president of the Waynesboro Borough Council has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Franklin County Commissioner.

Douglas Tengler, a resident of Waynesboro, is the assistant director of accounting at Shippensburg (Pa.) University and chairman of Waynesboro's Zoning and Hearing Board.

"I believe my background in governmental accounting and public service has made me well equipped to take on the role as your next County Commissioner," Tengler said.

"I'd also like to use my public accounting experience to benefit the citizens of Franklin County, by holding the line on future tax increases and bringing a new perspective to the budget process," Tengler said in a news release.

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Tengler said Franklin County taxes have increased dramatically over the past five years without providing a lot of tangible benefits to most residents of the county.

"We need a better system and a better process for managing the county budget to make sure we are getting the most out of our tax dollars," Tengler added.

Tengler, 37, graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School and received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Shippensburg University. He worked in public accounting for local firms for more than 10 years before assuming his current position at Shippensburg.

Tengler has extensive experience in tax issues, along with governmental auditing. He served a four-year term on Waynesboro Borough Council, during which he spent two years as council president. While on Borough Council, Tengler was involved with the annual budget process, labor negotiations, downtown revitalization projects and various others aspects of the Borough's management.

He is on the board at Renfrew Museum and Park, and is an active member at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Waynesboro.

"I believe that county residents deserve a qualified commissioner who is committed to providing services without unneeded tax increases," Tengler said. "I'm going to run an active campaign and look forward to serving as next County Commissioner."

Republican Commissioner G. Warren Elliott and Democratic counterpart Cheryl Plummer announced last week they were not seeking re-election. Waynesboro attorney Clint Barkdoll is seeking one of the two Democratic nominations in the May 15 primary. Republican Commissioner Bob Thomas is running for a fourth, four-year term.

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