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Three announce candidacies in Pa.

February 27, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Two incumbents and a newcomer have announced their candidacies for township supervisor posts in the greater Waynesboro area.

Republicans C. Stewart McCleaf and Robert J. "Bob" Gunder are both completing their first six-year terms. McCleaf is a Washington Township Supervisor, and Gunder is a Quincy Township Supervisor.

Elaine Gladhill, of 14547 Carrosmar Farm Road, Blue Ridge Summit, has announced she will seek the Republican nomination to serve on the Washington Township Board of Supervisors.

· McCleaf, a retired Smithsburg police chief, is a past president of the Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue Co. and has experience as a transportation supervisor.

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Issues are "balanced growth, better roads and an adequate water system. ... We must run this township the same as a business, getting the most out of each hard-earned taxpayer dollar," said McCleaf, of 228 S. Oller Ave., Waynesboro.

McCleaf is involved with several organizations, including the Antietam Watershed Association, Washington Township Municipal Authority, Germantown Church of God and Rouzerville Lions Club.

· Gunder, chairman of the Quincy board, also works as the township programs coordinator to fill a vacancy for township manager. He has a background in management through work at Letterkenny Army Depot and Fort Ritchie.

Gunder served 15 years on the Quincy Township Planning Commission and said he has worked to bring federal and state grants to the township, highlighting $800,000 for sewer projects.

"There are several important road, storm water control and public utility improvement projects ... some of which are unfunded and some of which require specialized management," said Gunder, of 8292 Mentzer Gap Road, Waynesboro.

· Gladhill, a member of the Washington Township Conservation Zoning Committee, said she "highly values our rural way of life, our natural environment and wants a thriving community."

An advocate for preserving the Happel's Meadow wetlands, Gladhill regularly attends township meetings and believes supervisors should challenge rezoning requests more frequently.

She is a member of the Antietam Watershed Association and One Mountain Foundation and has been active with Mountain Top Heritage Days. Gladhill, a former correctional officer, also was a member of the Blue Ridge Summit Fire & Rescue Co.

Candidates will seek their party's nomination in the May 15 primary. The deadline to file is March 6.

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