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Incumbent Sharpe scores in in Pa. school board race

November 07, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg School Board Vice President Renee B. Sharpe easily held off a third-party challenge in Tuesday's election to win a second four-year term, according to complete, but unofficial results from the Franklin County Election Board.

Sharpe, 51, who had won both the Republican and Democratic nominations in the May 15 primary, defeated Dr. Daniel L. McGehee 437 to 195 in the election. McGehee, 63, a family physician, was able to get on the ballot under the Resolute Responsible Representation banner by getting the required signatures on a petition to appear as a minor party or independent candidate.

"Given the last election and this election, I think the change is going to continue," Sharpe said. "The community is pleased with the progress we've made."

Sharpe noted that two other candidates from the 2003 Team for Change, David Sciamanna in Region 7 and Lori Leedy in Region 5, were re-elected in unopposed races. The district, she said, has undertaken ambitious building projects and educational programs in the past four years.

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Two new board members will be Anne G. Boryan in Region 9 and Joseph G. Tosten Jr. in Region 1.

Boryan was the only candidate to run in her region and will replace Joel Happel, who was appointed to the board following the resignation last year of Board President Craig Musser. Happel said at the time of his appointment he would not run for election.

Tosten defeated board member William Tolleson in the primary for both the Republican and Democratic nominations. Tolleson had been appointed to the board following the death last year of Paul Ambrose.

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