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Secor announces re-election bid

January 08, 2009|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Franklin County Treasurer David M. Secor announced on Thursday he will run for re-election to a second four-year term.

"With the combination of my education, community involvement and job experiences, I can continue to provide effective leadership to those I serve," said Secor, 58, of Chambersburg. "We have built an office based on accountability, integrity and professionalism. I will continue to represent the constituents as a full-time treasurer."

A retired Pennsylvania State Police corporal and former vice president of wealth management for Sentry Trust Co., Secor said his office increased investment earnings 133 percent in 2006-07 over 2004-05. The number of dog license sales increased from about 17,000 in 2006 to 21,000 in 2008, and a computerized dog license database allows lost or stray dogs to be traced to their owners through the county communications center any day or time, using the non-emergency number on the back of each tag, he said.

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In addition to investments and dog licenses, the Treasurer's Office also issues fishing and hunting licenses, small games of chance licenses and special raffle permits. The office issues licenses to about 35,000 residents every year, according to its Web site.

The treasurer's position pays $60,898 this year, according to county records. Secor and other county elected officials have said they will return their 2009 cost-of-living increases, either to the county or to charities.

A Republican, Secor was elected in 2005, defeating the Republican incumbent treasurer, Chris Bender.

The other county offices up for election in 2009 are the jury commissioners, now held by Republican Allen Twigg and Democrat William Butts.

The two jury commissioners will be paid $12,814 this year, according to county records.

The first day to circulate nominating petitions for the May 17 primary is Feb. 17.

This will be a busy election year, with county residents also voting on common pleas court and magisterial district judges, as well as seats on the county's six school boards, council seats in its seven boroughs and supervisor positions in 15 townships.

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