Seven seek seats in Antrim Township

May 02, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Voters will narrow the candidates for Antrim Township Supervisor down to two names in the May 19 primary election.

But since the seven candidates all are registered Republicans and the May ballot for Democrats will be blank, election officials said the winners of the primary likely could be in office come 2010.

Despite the Republican-heavy election, it still is possible voters could write two different candidates onto the board, Franklin County Chief Deputy Clerk Jean Byers said.

Voters always can write in names on a ballot in any election, primary or general, she said.

It is more difficult for a write-in candidate to win an election, but it is not uncommon, Byers said.

"If the Democratic ballot is empty, Republican candidates often have their Democrat friends cast write-in votes for them in the Democratic primary," she said.


Byers said for the Antrim Township race, a write-in candidate only needs 10 votes in the Democratic primary to have their name listed on the Nov. 3 ballot.

However, if there are more than two candidates with the required write-in votes, only the top two will receive the Democratic nomination, she said.

The November election ultimately will decide who will serve the two six-year terms open on the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors.

Incumbents Fred Young III and James Byers both have filed to run in May against challengers John Alleman, Larry Eberly, Greg Moats, Dan Pellicano and Jeff Todd.

The winning candidates will take office on Jan. 1, 2010.

Each supervisor earns $3,250 per year.

The Herald-Mail asked each candidate for Antrim Township Supervisor a series of questions about their candidacy.

John Alleman

Alleman, 58, of Pennsylvania Avenue in State Line, Pa., said he ran for Antrim Township supervisor as a Democrat in 2007. The decades he has lived in the township have prepared him for political office, he said. In his time, he said he has seen many changes in the township, some he agreed with and others he did not. But he said change still is needed in the township and he wants to influence that change. Alleman identified the greatest concern of township residents to be their relationship with elected officials.

"Respecting all of the residents of the community and taking time to listen to what they have to say makes a good supervisor," he said. "The respect of the citizens toward the supervisors is of great concern as well, and the way to gain that is to be visible and transparent. Listening to the community sometimes gives you another view that may change your mind."

James Byers

Byers, age unknown, of Grindstone Hill Road, is an incumbent on the board. He did not respond to any of the questions posed by The Herald-Mail.

Larry Eberly

Eberly, 59, of Grant Shook Road, said he ran for a supervisor position in 2007. He serves on the Antrim Township Planning Commission, which he said has given him an increased appreciation for what supervisors do. What makes a good supervisor is the ability to listen, and he said he already has started to put this skill to use as a commissioner. Having lived in the township for 55 years, he said the township struggles balancing growth with agricultural preservation.

"The most significant problem facing the township has been a lack of commercial growth to provide jobs for our residents and increase our tax base so that residents are not taxed as hard," he said. "I believe one of the greatest concerns of citizens has been the rapid residential growth. We should be working with area development groups to promote our area for business growth."

Greg Moats

Moats, 37, of Marsh Road in Waynesboro, Pa., chose to answer only two questions posed by The Herald-Mail. He said he is running for a position on the board because he wants to continue the restructuring that the township began in August. Moats said the township has struggled with being reactive rather than proactive, and would like to help it take a more proactive approach to growth and maintenance.

"I would like to have the opportunity to serve the people of Antrim Township in the restructuring of the township in a forward direction," he said. "I think we, as a township, need to strongly consider a joint relationship between Antrim Township and the Borough of Greencastle."

Dan Pellicano

Pellicano, 50, of Buchanan Trail East, said while he only has lived in the township for three years, his 26-year background in business has prepared him well for public service. He said it is his philosophy the best solutions for problems come from the people directly affected. The greatest problem facing the township is the slowing economy, and residents need to see a balance of commercial growth and environmental preservation in the township to alleviate their tax burden in these difficult times, he said.

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