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Retired doctor runs for Chambersburg Area School Board

August 02, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A retired physician filed Wednesday to run as an independent candidate for the Region 8 seat on the Chambersburg School Board.

Dr. Daniel McGehee, 62, of 118 College Ave., is running for the seat held by Renee Sharpe. She is running for her second four-year term, having won both the Republican and Democratic nominations in an unopposed run in the May 15 primary.

Wednesday was the last day for people registered as independents or those registered with minor parties to file nomination papers with the Franklin County Election Board to appear on the November ballot.

Sharpe is on vacation this week, a family member said.

McGehee said he and his wife, who is originally from the Greencastle, Pa., area moved to Chambersburg from California in January 2006.

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"I don't really know the specifics yet," McGehee said of the issues facing the school district. "One of the aims is to get to know the people of the community ... and their goals."

"In other words, is the community at odds or in agreement with what the district is doing?" he said. McGehee said he was encouraged to run by members of the community.

"I come from a family of teachers," said McGehee, adding that he taught junior and senior medical students and first-, second- and third-year residents in Franklin, Pa., as an assistant director of family medicine for a program associated with Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia.

McGehee said he needed 22 signatures to get on the ballot and had 28 people sign his nomination papers. While a Republican or Democrat seeking to be on the primary ballot for a school board seat needs 10 signatures on a petition, state election law requires an independent to have signatures "equal to at least 2 percent of the largest vote cast for an elected candidate at the last election within the district," according to the Pennsylvania Department of State Web site.

The Chambersburg School Board will have at least two new members elected in November.

Joseph G. Tosten Jr. defeated William Tolleson, appointed to the board to fill the vacancy created by the death of Paul Ambrose, for both the Republican and Democratic nominations in the primary for the Region 1 seat. Anne G. Boryan was unopposed for both nominations in the primary for the Region 9 seat now filled by Joel Happel, who was appointed after last year's resignation of Craig Musser.

The Region 8 will be the only contested seat in the election. Region 2 board member Stanley Helman, David Sciamanna of Region 7 and Lori Leedy of Region 5 are unopposed in November.

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