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Judge, township races top Pa. primary cards

May 17, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's primary election on Tuesday will give Franklin and Fulton county voters the opportunity to select not one, but two Court of Common Pleas judge candidates for what is widely considered to be the first time in the 39th District's history.

Angela Rosenberry Krom, Shawn Meyers, Eric Weisbrod and Tim Wilmot are all Republicans vying for the two positions. Each cross-filed to appear on Republican and Democratic ballots.

The top two vote-getters from the GOP ballots will progress to November's municipal election. The same applies to the top two Democratic vote-getters.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. at Franklin County's 72 polling places representing 75 precincts. Registered voters who are in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

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"There's been no change in polling places or procedural changes," said Jean Byers, deputy chief clerk for the county.

Voter turnout four years ago in the primary election was 23 percent, Byers said.

"We're hoping it's a little bit higher than that," she said.

Sample Franklin County ballots can be found at www.co.franklin.pa.us. There are contested races for school boards, township supervisors and borough councils, as well as statewide races for judge positions.

"Only registered Republicans and Democrats can vote in the primary," Byers said. "A lot of people moving in from Maryland and other states don't understand that."

In the Waynesboro, Pa., area, two Washington Township residents are vying for one seat from their region on the Waynesboro Area School Board. Incumbent Gregory Ochoa, a Democrat, is running against Chris Lind, a Republican.

Three people are seeking two Borough of Waynesboro seats on the school board. Stephanie Kober, Bonnie Bachtell and Brenda Lucas, all Democrats, are political newcomers.

Five people will appear on ballots for the Waynesboro Borough Council Ward One seat currently held by Charles "Chip" McCammon. McCammon and fellow Democrat Tiffany Shindledecker will square off for their party's nomination.

On the GOP side, Wayne Driscoll, Billie Finn and Lenore Gawf are looking to secure a nomination for the First Ward.

In Washington Township, Republicans David McCarney and Jeffrey Geesaman are running for the supervisors seat being vacated by Christopher Firme.

In Antrim Township, a crowded field will greet Republican voters. Incumbents Fred Young III and James Byers are attempting to keep their seats while being challenged by John Alleman, Larry Eberly, Jeff Todd, Dan Pellicano and Greg Moats.

Anyone voting in an election district for the first time should bring a form of identification.

Franklin County uses an "optical scan" system in which voters' paper ballots are placed into a machine that reads results.

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