New chamber director to serve on school board

November 04, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

o Fridgen named to head G-A Chamber

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The new executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce will also serve on the Greencastle-Antrim School Board starting next year, according to complete but unofficial results from Tuesday's municipal election.

Joel Fridgen was named Chamber director early Tuesday, just 12 hours before he won one of four open seats on the school board.

Fridgen will join incumbents William Thorne and Mike Shindle as well as newcomer Brian Hissong on the board in January.

Shindle edged out the sole registered Democrat on the ballot, Don Richards.

Richards received the least votes Tuesday, earning 582 votes.

Two incumbents, Dan Fisher and Charles McClain, did not run for re-election, guaranteeing that at least two of the three newcomers vying for a seat would join the board next year.


Hissong, the write-in winner from May, won the most votes in Tuesday's election with 1,582 votes, a margin of 145 more than Thorne, who came in second with 1,437 votes.

Voters tied Hissong with Kamie Swisher for write-in votes on May 19. The Franklin County Election Board randomly selected Hissong by casting of lots.

With a secure third-place Tuesday, Fridgen said he does not anticipate any conflicts of interest between his duties on the school board and as Chamber director, which he assumes Monday.

It is not uncommon for a Chamber director to serve in public office, he said.

David Sciamanna, president of the Chambersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, also serves on the Chambersburg Area School Board.


Brian Hissong 1,583 votes

William Thorne 1,437 votes

Joel Fridgen 1,357 votes

Mike Shindle 1,354 votes

Don Richards 582 votes

Write-in 48 votes

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