Citizens for Responsible Government holds first of 3 candidate forums

Event features magisterial district judge candidates and Tuscarora School Board candidate

April 28, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |

St. THOMAS, Pa. — Voters got a chance to meet candidates running for Mercersburg-area seats Thursday night at the first of three candidates nights hosted by Citizens for Responsible Government.

About 20 people stopped by the St. Thomas Fire Hall to meet the three candidates running for the magisterial district judge seat, currently held by David E. Hawbaker, as well as one of the seven candidates running for a seat on the Tuscarora School Board.

CRG President Allen Piper said the event was to inform voters prior to the May 17 primary election.

"We wanted to bring the candidates out and let them speak, and let the people that come decide who they would like to elect," said Piper.

Jody Eyer, Lynda Beckwith Blattenberger and Erich E. Hawbaker each gave three-minute prepared speeches, followed by a question-and-answer period. It concluded with closing remarks.

Chris Ardinger, 19, a 2009 graduate of James Buchanan High School, said he is the youngest candidate to run for a seat on the Tuscarora School Board, which serves residents and students in the Mercersburg area.

"I want to do whatever I can to make the school district better. I want to keep Tuscarora moving forward and on par with the rest of the county," Ardinger said.

Bill Landis, CRG board member and president of Campaign for Responsible Citizens, said he was disappointed that none of the candidates running for county commissioner attended Thursday's forum.

A second candidates night will be held on May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Shady Grove (Pa.) Community Center on Pa. 16, featuring candidates running for Greencastle and Antrim Township offices.

The final candidates night will be on May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Eugene C. Clarke Jr. Community Center in Chambersburg, Pa., featuring candidates running for seats in the Chambersburg area.

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