Political newcomer wins seat on Waynesboro school board

November 03, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A Waynesboro Area School Board member appointed to his seat in January was ousted in Tuesday's municipal election by a political newcomer, according to complete but unofficial results from the Franklin County (Pa.) Election Board.

Chris Lind, 53, beat out incumbent Gregory Ochoa by a margin of 576 votes, with Lind receiving 1,334 votes and Ochoa 758 votes.

Unofficial election returns indicate Bonnie Bachtell and Brenda Lucas also were elected to the school board.

Voters select Waynesboro Area School Board members by three regions -- Washington Township, Borough of Waynesboro and North End.

Lind, a Republican, and Ochoa, a Democrat, were running in the township for one seat. Incumbent Leland Lemley, who has been on the board 18 years, was unopposed for his North End seat.

Democrats Bachtell, Lucas and Stephanie Kober ran in the borough for two seats. Lucas appeared on ballots as a Republican because she won that party's nomination in the spring primary election.


Bachtell and Lucas each received 703 votes and Kober 436 votes Tuesday.

Bachtell, 62, retired from the district as a kindergarten teacher. Lucas, 48, is a surgical coordinator and licensed practical nurse.

Sitting school board members appointed Ochoa to his seat after the resignation of Stanley Barkdoll. Lind, a control director at Citi in Hagerstown, campaigned on fiscal issues, saying the school board is creating major financial problems and not planning properly for the future.

A total 4,013 votes were cast for Waynesboro Area School Board candidates, bringing the approximate voter turnout in the district to 23 percent.

Waynesboro Area School Board members do not receive financial compensation for their position.

Waynesboro Area School Board

Washington Township

Chris Lind 1,334

Gregory Ochoa 758

Borough of Waynesboro

Bonnie Bachtell 703

Brenda Lucas 703

Stephanie Kober 436

North End

Leland Lemley 576

18 of 18 precincts (in the school district)

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