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Write-in votes gain nominations across Franklin Co.

May 28, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. -- Franklin County voters might have found 32 different ways to spell Pete Lagiovane, but add it all together and it is enough to give the uncontested Chambersburg mayoral candidate an additional nomination in the Nov. 3 general election.

Municipal candidates across Franklin County won party nominations with write-in votes, according to complete, but unofficial election write-in results released Thursday by the county.

The write-in results have solidified ballots for many races, however, some will remain in limbo until candidates petition to accumulate their votes, Commissioner Bob Thomas said.

Candidates who want to count all of the votes cast under multiple spellings of their name must petition to the election board that they were the intended recipient of those votes, he said.

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A candidate only needed 10 write-in votes to win a party nomination for November.

Lagiovane, a Democrat who ran for his first full term as Chambersburg's mayor, said he will not petition to accumulate his 156 total write-in votes since he received enough votes under the correct spelling of his name to also win the Republican nomination.

o Waynesboro

Craig Newcomer, who ran a write-in campaign to retain his Ward 3 seat on the Waynesboro Borough Council and to serve as constable, said since no one else came close to challenging him for the nomination from both parties, there is no reason for him to accumulate his write-in votes for both races.

o Washington Township

Jeffrey B. Geesaman, Republican candidate for Washington County supervisor, said he will file the petition to count the 173 Democratic vote cast under 16 spellings of his name.

Geesaman also won the Republican nomination on May 19 with 888 of 1,285 votes. He was up against fellow Republican David A. McCarney, who received 95 write-in votes from Democrats.

McCarney said he will not accumulate his votes, adding "the voters have spoken."

o Greencastle

Votes in the Borough of Greencastle have given Michele Emmett an additional nomination for the November election.

Emmett ran as a Democrat for one of the open four-year terms on the board.

While she received her party's nomination for a four-year seat, Democratic voters also put her on the ballot for the open two-year term with 13 total write-in votes, 12 of which were under the correct spelling of her name.

o Greene Township

Republican Travis Brookens, who ran uncontested for an open supervisors' seat, also won the Democratic nomination as he received 74 total write-in votes, according to results.

In the county's only contested constable race, incumbent Curtis (Nick) Nunn won both party's nominations. He defeated Jason Bitner in the Republican primary 628-536, and received more write-in votes from Democrats.

o Antrim Township

In Antrim Township, Democratic voters wrote a third candidate onto the Nov. 3 ballot.

Democratic voters picked John Alleman and James Byers for its two open Antrim Township supervisor nominations in November.

All seven candidates for supervisor ran on the Republican ticket and on May 19, incumbents James Byers and Fred Young III won the Republican nomination.

Alleman, who received a total of 73 write-in votes, 66 of which were cast under the correct spelling of his name, should receive the Democratic nomination regardless of whether or not he accumulates his votes since Young only had 57 total write-in votes.

James Byers, who received 70 total write-in votes, with 54 cast for the correct spelling of his name, said he plans to accumulate his votes to beat out Young and win the second available Democratic nomination.

Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said candidates have until Monday at 4:30 p.m. to file cumulate petitions. The petitions are available at the county commissioners office in Chambersburg.

Hearings are set for June 9 at 2 p.m.

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