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Four running for three council seats in Waynesboro

March 15, 2007|by DON AINES

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - With the incumbents choosing not to run for re-election, four candidates have stepped forward to run for three open seats on the Waynesboro Borough Council.

None of the four faces a challenge in the May 15 primary and only in the Second Ward is there an apparent race shaping up for the November general election between Republican C. Harold Mumma and Democrat William Devlin.

"I've followed local politics a lot and I just thought I'd like to give it a try," said Devlin, 60, of 547 Pratt Court. Devlin, who said he has owned two flea market businesses in the borough, said he is interested in downtown revitalization, but that there was no particular issue that prompted him to run.

"My biggest thing is to serve the community the best way I can and do what's right for everybody," said Devlin, a lifelong resident of the Waynesboro area.

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C. Harold Mumma, 69, of 147 W. King St., who operates a landscaping business, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the borough council in 2004, but lost in the 2005 election. During part of his time on the council, he served as its president.

"I didn't realize how much I missed being able to help guide Waynesboro in the right direction," Mumma said of his decision to run. "I should have made a stronger effort to run two years ago, but I just couldn't devote the time."

Revitalizing the downtown is also an important issue for Mumma, who said some important steps have already been taken, such as the hiring of a downtown manager.

"There's a few things headed in the right direction, we just need a more organized effort," he said. While there is no overriding issue for Mumma, he said addressing small problems now, such as borough building maintenance, will prevent them from becoming major problems in the future.

The winner of the November election will replace Allen Berry, who chose not to run again.

"I really want to be involved at the local level," said real estate broker and developer Ronnie Martin, of 66 State Hill Road, who is running for the First Ward seat. "I want to try and see if I can make the borough a little more user-friendly for residents when they want to get things like permits."

The 64-year-old Republican credited incumbent Councilman Richard "Dick" George with doing an "outstanding job on getting our streets upgraded and done ... "I'd like to pick up where Mr. George left off."

Third Ward Councilman Allen Porter did not file to run for re-election citing his age. A Democrat, Ben Greenawalt was the only candidate to file a nominating petition for the seat.

"I ran two years ago and the gentleman that beat me is retiring," said Greenawalt, 74, of 809 Anthony Ave. "I'd like to keep the taxes down" and still give taxpayers as much in the way of services as possible, he said.

A retired postal worker and lifelong resident of the Waynesboro area, Greenawalt said she has been involved in a number of civic and fraternal organizations, including the American Legion and VFW posts.

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