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Walsh to decide eligibility of candidates

March 26, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Franklin County Judge Richard Walsh heard brief arguments Thursday regarding two men's eligibility to run for positions in the May 19 primary election.

Republican Michael Waters wants to be considered as a candidate for the magisterial district judge seat in Pleasant Hall, Pa., which is District 39-3-03. He cross-filed to appear on both the Republican and Democratic ballots.

Democrat Harold Curtis submitted his name as a candidate as a Ward 3 councilman on the Chambersburg Borough Council.

Walsh first heard a petition from Patrick J. and Adrianne Redding of Chambersburg, saying Waters did not obtain enough valid nomination signatures from registered voters. The Reddings presented the judge with a list of objections.

The Reddings agreed with Waters to remove two names from their list. One person was registered and the other had submitted registration paperwork that had not yet been processed, they said.

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Carol Redding, wife of Patrick and mother of Adrianne, is running for the same position as Waters. David Plum of Chambersburg also is in the race.

"We'll get to it as soon as we can," said Walsh, who made no decision Thursday, but promised one in coming weeks.

Patrick J. Redding then represented Patrick Martin, Joseph J. Martinchick and Rochelle Wagaman in the argument against Curtis. The trio claimed Curtis did not file his financial interest statement to the Borough of Chambersburg by the March 10 deadline.

Redding spoke to Curtis for several minutes in the hallway before appearing in front of the judge.

"I forgot that (form)," Curtis told the Walsh. "That was my fault."

A copy of the form was properly submitted to the county election board, but the original was not given to the municipality as required, he said.

The election board will print ballots after Walsh's decisions are issued.

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