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Wareham, Newcomer win in Chambersburg council primary

May 16, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Borough Council Vice President Robert Wareham won his race for the Republican nomination in the Fifth Ward in Tuesday's primary election over former borough councilman Ken Gill, 251 votes to 228, according to incomplete and unofficial results from the Franklin County Election Board.

Wareham, 66, of 953 E. McKinley St., is a retired teacher and a 30-year member of the council. Gill, 63, of 631 Wallace Ave., the director of finance at the Penn State Mont Alto served one term four-year term on the council, but was defeated two years ago by Health Talhelm for the other Fifth Ward seat.

In a battle for the Republican nomination in the Second Ward, former mayor and councilman Tom Newcomer defeated former councilman Allen S. Frantz, 247 to 186 with two of two precincts reporting. They are running to fill the seat of Ruth Harbaugh, who chose not to run for re-election.

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Newcomer, 62, of 129 Highfield Lane is retired from Allegheny Energey and represented the Ward for 10 years before being elected mayor in 2001. He was defeated by John Redding in the 2005 mayoral election.

Frantz, 46, of 979 E. King St., the manager of the Jennings Chevrolet-Cadillac body shop had served one term on the council before being defeated by Janet Lukic in for the other Second Ward seat in 2005.

No Democrats filed to run for either the Fifth or Second Ward seats.

Two-term incumbent Democrat Sharon Bigler, 56, of 359 High St., won her primary race over challenger Charles Kopack, 58, of 261 Grandview Ave., 61 to 26, according to unofficial election results. Kopack, a retired federal employee, was making his first run for office.

No Republicans filed to run for the Fourth Ward council seat.

Council members are paid $343.75 a month, according to borough figures.

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