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May 11, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Turnout for the primary election apparently has been dampened by the rainy weather conditions. Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr. said Tuesday afternoon that he initially expected 25 to 30 percent of the county's registered voters would to go to the polls on Tuesday given contested races for State Senate, County Council and school board. But Small has since lowered that projection to about 15 percent and indicated that the number of ballots could be even lower.
NEWS
September 1, 2010
For the Sept. 14 Maryland primary election, all election-related letters to the editor must be received at The Herald-Mail by Sept. 7. The last election-related letters will run Sept. 11. The Herald-Mail will start running election-related letters again Sept. 15, the day after the Maryland primary.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | December 9, 2010
A letter released Wednesday confirms that a complaint about a Washington County election robocall has been sent to the Office of the State Prosecutor. However, there’s no indication that the prosecutor’s office will take the case. Elizabeth Paul, chairwoman of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee, had asked the Maryland Attorney General’s Office to investigate the robocall because of a questions about who authorized it and whether a state law was broken.
NEWS
April 27, 2010
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is jumping full bore into re-election mode by saying Maryland needs to move forward, not back to the ways of his political nemesis -- former Gov. Robert Ehrlich. O'Malley, a Democrat, kicked off a three-day campaign swing on Tuesday in the Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore. On Wednesday, O'Malley is scheduled to be in Hagerstown, Frederick and Columbia. Then, he will head to the Eastern Shore in Cambridge. On Thursday, he will campaign in Aberdeen, Catonsville and Glen Burnie.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | June 16, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. --Leadership within the Franklin County (Pa.) Republican Committee changed Tuesday night when committee members packed the St. Thomas (Pa.) Fire Hall for a vote. "It was such a big gathering that we couldn't meet in the headquarters like we usually do," said Dwight D. Weidman, who was elected chairman. Franklin County's GOP voters select committee members from each of the county's 75 precincts every four years. Those committee members choose the party's county leadership every two years.
NEWS
July 20, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Deputy county clerks in the Berkeley County Voter Registration office worked the phones Tuesday to line up poll workers and make sure polling locations would be available for the special primary election for the U.S. Senate seat. The Aug. 28 Saturday election posed concerns that churches and other facilities might not be available because of special events such as weddings, according to chief deputy clerk Bonnie Woodfall. As of Tuesday afternoon, Woodfall said she didn't know of any poll locations that needed to be changed.
NEWS
January 14, 2011
Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus has won the election to be chairman of the Republican National Committee. He surpassed the 85 necessary votes in the seventh round of balloting on Friday. Former Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis and GOP operative Maria Cino came in second and third. Ann Wagner and current RNC Chairman Michael Steele dropped out in earlier rounds. Priebus will serve for the next two years.
NEWS
March 9, 2011
— A Greencastle Borough Council member was inadvertently left off the list of candidates filing for office that was published on page B3 of Wednesday’s Herald-Mail. James R. Farley, a Republican who lives at 79 Celestial Terrace in Greencastle is running to retain his seat on the council, Farley said Wednesday.
NEWS
January 17, 2011
Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas has announced he will run for re-election this year. Thomas, a Republican, was first elected in 1995. “I enjoy serving the public, and my passion for service runs strong,” he said in a news release. In announcing his candidacy, Thomas said experience gained while serving with former commissioners G. Warren Elliott and Cheryl Plummer for 12 years served him well during his fourth term when the economy declined. “No question, the last three years have been challenging, but we persevered and the county has been doing well financially.
NEWS
February 1, 2011
Mayor Daniel Murphy and two members of the Hancock Town Council retained their seats in a municipal election Monday. Just 70 of the town's 1,112 registered voters turned out for the election, in which Murphy and Councilmen Sinclair Hamilton and Timothy Smith were unopposed in their re-election bids, said Virginia Stanley, the town's account clerk. Murphy received 66 votes to win his eighth two-year term, Stanley said. Hamilton and Smith, who were both running for a second four-year term, received 60 and 61 votes, respectively, she said.
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EDUCATION
August 12, 2013
St. Mary Catholic School in Hagerstown elected student council officers for the 2013-14 school year. They are: president, Seamus Murray; vice president, Meghan Scott; secretary, Emma Ortiz; treasurer, Jared Semler; and parliamentarian, Nader Fawaz. The school, which has students in kindergarten through eighth grade, is on West Washington Street in Hagerstown.
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EDUCATION
August 4, 2013
Attiya Latif of Hagerstown was elected president of the American Legion Girls Nation program. Latif, who will be a senior at Smithsburg High School, was elected by her peers, who included 97 representatives from 49 states who recently attended Girls Nation at the 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.  Latif is captain of the academic team, a member of the debate team, and the founder and president of COEXIST, a club that promotes ethnic,...
NEWS
July 30, 2013
Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association elected its new officers for the 2013-14 year at its annual meeting July 3. The new officers are Les Bishop, commander; Pat Patterson, vice commander; Ron Twenty, second vice commander; Charlie Morris, secretary; and Jim Mobley, treasurer. The following members were appointed to fill the other officer positions in the chapter: Carl Paylor, judge advocate; Dick Sayles, sergeant-at-arms; Dr. Bud Johns, chaplain; and Clayton Burkholder, historian.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 9, 2013
Legislation that was recently passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly will allow the Franklin County, Pa., government to keep its current structure of elected officials. Because the county's population exceeded 145,000 in the 2010 U.S. census, the commissioners could have been required to add a new elected row office. The county's row offices include sheriff, prothonotary, register and recorder, treasurer, coroner and district attorney. County commissioners anticipated being required to add a new row office - register of wills and clerk of the orphans court.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | June 12, 2013
Recent elections held in four Jefferson County municipalities resulted in just one upset, when two-term Charles Town City Councilman Don Clendening lost his seat to challenger Jonathan Wertman by just two votes. Clendening ended Election Day ahead of Wertman by one vote, but fell behind by two votes when provisional ballots were counted, City Manager Joe Cosentini said. A recount didn't change the outcome. Incumbent Councilman Rich Bringewatt beat challenger Geary Johns by 219 votes to 143. Incumbent Mayor Peggy Smith was unchallenged, as were incumbent council members Sandra McDonald and Chester Hines.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 30, 2013
A last-minute write-in campaign has secured Mercersburg Mayor James C. Zeger a place on the ballot in the Nov. 5 municipal election. The Franklin County Board of Elections on Thursday released its write-in results from last week's primary election. Candidates now have a few days to submit documents asking that various spellings of their names - such as John Doe and John A. Doe - be cumulated or amassed.  Zeger's name did not appear on ballots on May 21. However, write-in votes would secure him both the Democratic and Republican nominations for the mayoral spot if he cumulates spellings of his name.
NEWS
May 24, 2013
Incumbent Charles Town Councilman Don Clendening won re-election Thursday night by one vote, according to unofficial results. The outcome of the Ward Three race could change once any provisional ballots are counted, according to city officials. Clendening received 192 votes, while Jonathan Wertman garnered 191 votes. In the only other contest Thursday, incumbent Rich Bringewatt easily fended off a challenge from Geary Johns by a vote of 219-143. Incumbent Mayor Peggy Smith, who was unchallenged, received 262 votes.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 22, 2013
Franklin County, Pa., election officials now will turn their attention to write-in votes that could affect several races. The Franklin County Election Board and staff will start evaluating write-in votes Friday. “I'm fairly certain we won't get done Friday because of the sheer amount,” said Jean Byers, deputy chief clerk. Results should be made public in the middle of next week, Byers said. Registered Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday decided which candidates will represent them in the Nov. 5 municipal election.
NEWS
May 21, 2013
Early polling was going well today in Franklin County, Pa., according to David Keller, chairman of the county commissioners. In Pennsylvania, today's primary election features local races, including those for seats on borough councils and boards of township supervisors. The 39th District of the Court of Common Pleas, which serves Franklin and Fulton counties, features a three-way race for an open judge position. Keller, a member of this year's county election board, said he had not heard of any issues at the county's 75 voting precincts.
NEWS
May 19, 2013
Former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill once declared that “all politics is local,” and voters across Pennsylvania will be making choices in that vein as they head to the polls Tuesday. Tuesday's primary election will feature ballot choices in judge, borough council, board of township supervisors and school board races. Republicans and Democrats will be voting to choose their candidates who proceed to November's municipal election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Three polling places will change for this primary election.
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