Chambersburg Borough Council Fifth Ward seat only contested race in municipal election

November 02, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Chambersburg Borough Council has one contested race in next week's municipal election.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters in the borough's Fifth Ward will be choosing a new representative on the 10-person council.

Kenneth L. Gill and Brad Elter are running for the seat currently held by Robert A. Wareham Sr., who is not seeking re-electon.

The winner will serve a four-year term.

The Fifth Ward encompasses the southeast portion of the borough, including Stanley Avenue and much of Orchard Drive and Stouffer Avenue.

Gill, 68, of 631 Wallace Ave., is a Republican.

"I think the borough is facing some challenging financial times. ... I just felt that my educational background and experiences would be useful and helpful in that type of situation," said Gill, who has a master's degree in business administration.

Gill served on the council from 2002 to 2005.

Elter, 56, 1042 Greystone Circle, is a Republican who won the Democratic nomination for the position.

"I'm willing to take time for the community," Elter said.

A member of the downtown parking committee, Elter said he's been attending those and the borough council's meetings regularly.

"I've met a lot of people who work for the borough," he said.

Four other borough council members are running for re-election in uncontested races. They are William McLaughlin, First Ward; Tom Newcomer, Second Ward; Elaine Swartz, Third Ward; and Sharon Bigler, Fourth Ward.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 8.

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