Incumbents win Antrim primary

May 20, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Antrim Township could likely see the same faces on the Board of Supervisors for the next two years.

Incumbents Fred Young III and James Byers won the Republican nominations for the two open seats Tuesday, according to complete but unofficial Franklin County election results.

All seven candidates were registered on the Republican ballot.

James Byers, who has served on the board for more than 12 years, led the race with 516 votes.

Democratic voters cast 301 write-in votes for the two open supervisors positions, but official write-in results will not be accumulated until Friday morning.

Write-in candidates only need 10 votes to have their names appear on the Nov. 3 ballot as a Democratic candidate, said Franklin County Chief Deputy Clerk Jean Byers.


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.

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

Antrim Township made headlines in 2008 when it eliminated six upper-level staff positions, including its township manager, utilities director and roadmaster.

The five men challenging James Byers and Young all said they were running to bring about change in Antrim Township, but none of them will appear on the ballot for their party in November.

Both James Byers and Young said previously they were proud of the work they did while on the board and are eager to continue that work if elected in November.

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

Each supervisor earns $3,250 per year.

Republican Ballot

James Byers 516 votes

Fred Young 427 votes

John Alleman 375 votes

Greg Moats 299 votes

Dan Pellicano 241

Jeff Todd 234 votes

Larry Eberly 208 votes

Write-in 9 votes

Democratic Ballot

Write-in 301 votes

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