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Two Waynesboro Council hopefuls face races

October 17, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Only two of the four candidates running for three seats on the Waynesboro Borough Council have a challenge ahead of them in the Nov. 6 general election.

Republican C. Harold Mumma and Democrat William "Bill" Devlin are competing for the Second Ward seat, while Republican Ronnie Martin and Democrat Ben Greenawalt are running unopposed for the First and Third Ward seats.

"I had been on the council before, two years ago, and I am scaling back my landscaping business that my wife and I do," Mumma said of his decision to run for the council. "I have more time, and I'd like to get back involved in helping to direct Waynesboro to be a better place to live, work and raise your family."

Mumma, 70, of 147 W. King St., was appointed to fill a vacancy on the borough council in 2004, but he lost in the 2005 election. During part of his time on the council, he served as president.

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Mumma said he is concerned about downtown revitalization and work on pedestrian crossings.

"We need to work on getting some of the homes and areas that are not being taken care of - like they're being abandoned - straightened up so we can improve the value of (other) homes," Mumma said.

Mumma served as the district governor of Lions Club International for Franklin County's district, has been involved in various local organizations, including the United Way, and has served as secretary and treasurer of several organizations.

Mumma has attended every Waynesboro Borough Council meeting since the primary elections.

Devlin, 60, of 547 Pratt Court, is a lifelong resident of Waynesboro who said his interest in the community prompted him to run for the council.

Devlin, who has owned two flea market businesses in the borough, said he is interested in all of the issues facing Waynesboro.

"Everything interests me ... there's not any one issue, there's a lot of things," Devlin said.

Devlin hopes to "listen to the people of Waynesboro and try to help them with whatever problems they have and do the best I can for them."

"I've been involved in a lot of community activities over the years," said Devlin, who has coached and managed several sports and has worked with the Waynesboro YMCA. "I've been very successful and I believe that will make me a good councilperson for understanding what needs to be done."

Devlin believes that owning two flea markets in Waynesboro gave him an opportunity to get to know the people in the community.

"I have a good relationship with the people of Waynesboro," said Devlin, who has attended a couple of council meetings and a budget meeting since the primary elections.

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