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Choices are limited in Franklin County, Pa., municipal primary election

April 21, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Few contested races are anticipated in Franklin County, Pa., for the May 21 municipal primary election.

Voters will be choosing nominees for judge positions, school boards, boards of township supervisors and borough councils. However, they do not have too many choices for those spots.

In some school board races that have featured as many as 14 candidates in the past, there are four candidates for four open positions. The Waynesboro Area School Board, which often has featured aggressive campaigns, only has three candidates for four spots now that borough resident Erin Darrough has withdrawn.

Generally, only registered Republicans and Democrats can vote in Pennsylvania’s primary elections. Their choices are sent to ballots for November’s election.

There are exceptions this year in Warren and Montgomery townships, both of which have referendum questions for voters.

“In those two municipalities only, voters who are registered independent or with one of the minor political parties are allowed to vote,” Franklin County Deputy Chief Clerk Jean Byers said.

Those voters will be given special ballots to allow them to answer the referendum questions, Byers said.

In Warren Township, voters will be asked whether they “favor the issuance of licenses to conduct small games of chance” in the municipality. In Montgomery Township, voters will be asked if they “favor the granting of liquor licenses for the sale of liquor” in the township, since Whitetail Resort is seeking to obtain a liquor license.

Three polling places will change for May 21. Orrstown borough voters should go to the LSL Sportsmans Club at 3549 Orrstown Road; Chambersburg borough First Ward voters should go to St. Paul United Methodist Church at 750 Norland Ave. instead of Chambersburg Area Middle School North; and Shippensburg (Pa.) borough West End voters should go to West End Fire & Rescue at 49 Lurgan Ave. instead of Shippensburg Area Middle School.

Turnout in the 2011 primary election was 19 percent, according to Chief Registrar Jennie Aines.

Among the races this year is one for a vacant judgeship in the 39th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas. That judge will be the fifth for the district, and will serve Franklin and Fulton counties.

Candidates for the position are attorneys Jeffrey S. Evans, Jerrold A. Sulcove and Jeremiah Zook.

Other contested races include regions one and three for the Chambersburg Area School Board and the second, third and fifth wards of the Chambersburg Borough Council. Chambersburg also has two Democrats and one Republican seeking to be its mayor.

In Guilford Township, four Republicans are running for one open seat. They are Mark A. Bumbaugh, Chris A. Bender, Ted Bittinger and Donald Clapper.

In Mercersburg, Anthony Frisby and Jeremy C. Jones are running for mayor. Three people are running for one six-year term on the Peters Township Board of Supervisors.

Republicans Edward Wilson and Robert Gunder are vying for the Quincy Township Supervisors position held by Gunder.

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