Waynesboro Council candidates tout experience

May 12, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Three Waynesboro Borough Council seats are open this election cycle, but only the Ward One position is contested.

Ballots for Ward One will include five candidates, one of which is Charles "Chip" McCammon, who has held the seat for 12 years. The First Ward is comprised of all homes east of Church Street in the borough limits.

Jason Stains, a Republican incumbent, is running for another four-year term representing Ward Two. Councilman Craig Newcomer, a Republican, missed the filing deadline but announced a write-in campaign for the Third Ward.

Waynesboro Mayor Richard Starliper is unopposed for re-election.

In Ward One, the top Republican and Democratic vote-getters in the May 19 race will advance to the November general election.


Wayne Driscoll, a Republican, said he admires people who serve the community in which he's lived for 10 years. He owns The Custom Sign Studio on West Main Street and belongs to Main Street Waynesboro Inc., Rotary Club and the Summer Jubilee committee.

There needs to be less personal conflict among council members, Driscoll said. Controls should be put in place for sensible growth, downtown revitalization should be championed, and funding should be preserved for police and other essential services, the 41-year-old said.

"There is a school of thought in Waynesboro that we should keep things the way they are or the way they used to be," said Driscoll, of Clayton Avenue. "That is not reality."

Billie Finn, a Republican, thinks her experiences as an accountant would be beneficial to the council. She said she's negotiated conflicts, built teams and encouraged compromise "among individuals with large egos and initially uncompromising positions."

"I believe the overriding and most serious challenges facing the council are the development of both a vision for the future and the implementation of an economic development plan," said Finn, who lives on Clayton Avenue.

In defining why people should vote for her, Finn, 62, said she sets high standards and is "relentless in achieving or surpassing those standards."

Lenore Gawf, a Republican, promised to "provide a different and progressive perspective, and new ideas" if elected.

"As a young mother, I understand the issues that are important to families and indeed to our entire community," said Gawf, of East Main Street.

Gawf, 32, said she is focused on Main Street revitalization and a fair system of rental inspections. She believes "that an important factor in enhancing the quality of life for residents of Waynesboro is having a solid economy and a balanced budget."

Tiffany (Hodge) Shindledecker, a Democrat, said she felt compelled to run for office when she learned the council did not have a woman's perspective.

"As a mother, I have learned to put my own personal feelings aside and always think of what's going to be best for the family. I believe the council needs this type of perspective," said Shindledecker, 35.

She said she believes "communication and working on the same vision" is needed for the council. A student government leader at Waynesboro Area Senior High School and Hood College, Shindledecker also said she sees downtown revitalization and generating revenue as important issues.

McCammon, a 77-year-old Democrat, chose not to answer questions presented by The Herald-Mail.

Members of Waynesboro Borough Council are paid $150 a month.

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