Three to vie for two seats on Board of Supervisors

October 22, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Voters in Antrim Township will see three names on the ballot this November as candidates square off for two open slots on the Board of Supervisors.

Incumbents James Byers and Fred Young III will compete for the job with John Alleman, a registered Republican who won the Democratic nomination with write-in votes.

Byers and Young were put on the November ballot by Republican voters on May 19.

Having served three consecutive six-year terms on the board, Byers said his experience appeals to voters.

There still is much to be done, which Byers said he hopes to see through during a fourth term.

"One of the reasons I want to stay on is because of the reorganization a year ago that I did not agree with," he said. "I just think I need to be here to help get through that period."

Each candidate has varied experience on the board, giving voters a diverse choice, from Byers' 18 years to Alleman's attempt at a first term and Young's two years as a supervisor.


Recent actions by the board could work in favor of Alleman as a political novice because voters not looking for experience are looking for change, Alleman said.

"Being from this area, born and raised, a lot of people know me and know where I stand on many issues," he said.

Change, he said, still is needed and he wants to affect that change.

Young, a self-professed fiscal and social conservative, said voters who want to see changes such as the 2008 reorganization are likely to cast their vote for him.

The reorganization cost six upper-level staff members their jobs, including township manager Ben Thomas. The board also projected it would save the taxpayers as much as $400,000.

Having cut the positions, Young said he and the board were able to cut taxes, something few municipalities were able to do in 2009.

However they define change, all three candidates agree that the change most needed in Antrim Township is increased commercial development.

"People want to see their school board and county taxes go down, too," Young said. "The only way to make that happen is to grow our tax base."

Each supervisor is paid $3,250 per year plus medical benefits.

The winning candidates will take office Jan. 1.

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