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Political newcomers nominated for school board

May 20, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Three political newcomers were nominated to positions on the Waynesboro Area School Board in Tuesday's primary election, according to complete, but unofficial Franklin County election results.

Voters select school board members by region. Two Borough of Waynesboro seats, one Washington Township seat and one North End seat are open this election cycle.

In the borough, Republicans cast 399 votes for Bonnie Bachtell and 331 votes for Brenda Lucas, choosing the two women as their nominees for the seat. Democrats selected Bachtell, with 266 votes, and Stephanie Kober, with 205 votes, as their nominees.

This means that three women must all run again in the Nov. 3 municipal election.

In Washington Township, Republicans selected Chris Lind to appear on ballots in November. Democrats selected Gregory Ochoa as their nominee.

The two will square off in November for the seat, which is currently held by Ochoa. He was appointed to the position in January after Stanley Barkdoll resigned.

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One set of interesting results from Washington Township was the Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., precinct. There, GOP voters gave Ochoa 67 votes, compared to 66 for Lind.

Democrats in that precinct gave Ochoa 36 votes and Lind 20 votes.

Incumbent Leland Lemley was unopposed as he sought re-election in the North End, which includes Quincy Township, Mont Alto borough and part of Guilford Township. He got 322 votes cast by Republicans and 118 votes from Democrats.

School board candidates are permitted to cross-file, meaning they appear on Republican and Democratic ballots.

Kober, Bachtell, Lucas and Ochoa are registered Democrats. Lind and Lemley are registered Republicans.

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