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Write-in petitions granted

June 13, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Eleven candidates from the May 15 primary solidified their prospects for election or re-election this fall when the Franklin County Election Board this week granted their petitions to have their write-in votes tallied to secure both party nominations.

Former deputy Dane Anthony won the Republican nominee for sheriff with 64 percent of the vote over William M. Kauffman, a retired Waynesboro police officer and current deputy. Anthony had enough Democratic write-in votes under the name that appeared on the GOP ballot to take that nomination, but still petitioned to have all his write-ins under various names consolidated, said Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers.

Controller Carol Diller won the Republican nomination over challenger Larry E. Funk, but petitioned the board to consolidate her write-in votes to receive the Democratic nomination.

Clerk of Courts William Vandrew, Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner and District Attorney John F. Nelson, all Republicans and unopposed in the primary, filed cumulation petitions and will be the Democratic nominees, as well. Prothonotary Linda Beard and Register and Recorder Linda Miller, both Republicans and unopposed in the primary, had enough Democratic write-ins under one version of their name to win their Democratic nominations without having to file cumulation petitions.

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At least 100 write-in votes are needed to win a nomination for countywide office. At least 10 votes are needed to win a municipal office nomination.

In municipal races, Republican Greene Township Supervisor and Republican Hamilton Township Supervisor Randall E. Negley defeated primary challengers. Each also had their Democratic write-ins consolidated for dual nominations. Quincy Township Supervisor Bob Gunder, a Republican, also picked up the Democratic nomination, Byers said.

On the Democratic side, Mercersburg Councilwoman Betty Stenger consolidated her Republican write-in votes, as did Sandra Starliper in her bid for Montgomery Township auditor.

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