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Winner of primary won't be on Waynesboro ballot

October 19, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Waynesboro Borough Councilman Craig Newcomer won't appear on ballots for re-election Nov. 3, despite winning both the Republicans' and Democrats' nominations for the seat last spring.

Newcomer didn't submit several forms due 30 days after the primary election, Franklin County (Pa.) Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said.

Newcomer says he didn't receive the packet of information in the mail and believed he had already done everything required.

Included in the packet was a statement of financial interest (ethics statement), affidavit and campaign finance form.

Thirty packets were mailed at the beginning of June and were due back June 18. The others were completed, Byers said.

"I never received the packet in the mail," Newcomer said, saying his only theory is his regular mail carrier might have been on vacation.

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Newcomer said he filed the same forms to be on the May 19 primary ballots. However, he missed that filing deadline and ran a write-in campaign.

In addition to seeking re-election to the Ward 3 council seat, Newcomer asked voters to write in his name for constable.

"He did receive sufficient write-ins in the primary for the constable and council positions," Byers said.

Newcomer, who was first elected in 2005, said Monday that his only choice is to launch another write-in campaign, approaching voters outside polling places Nov. 3 and asking them for support.

There is no minimum number of write-ins needed in the municipal election.

"I think those (packets) are so important they should be sent certified mail," Newcomer said.

The ballots have been printed, Byers said.

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