2011-11-03 / Front Page

GOP Heads To Polls November 8

Fall dinner held Friday evening
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Craig Cutchall Craig Cutchall County Republicans got one final chance to hear from local candidates Friday night as registered voters prepare to head to the polls Tuesday for the muchanticipated November 8 election that will bring to close a hotly contested race for the three positions of Fulton County commissioner.

Having previously been appointed to the position of commissioner due to a vacancy on the board, Craig Cutchall stood before a crowd of 65 onlookers at the Hustontown Firehall in what is his first attempt at seeking elected office.

In taking the podium during the Fulton County Republican fall dinner, Cutchall stated he remains concerned about apathy when looking back at low voter turnout during the spring election. Cutchall went on to urge those in attendance to implement the “Me Plus Three” initiative, which involves contacting three voters just prior to the November 8 election. Referred to as a pyramid scheme of sorts, Cutchall said the measure will hopefully increase participation during this important election.

Rodney McCray Rodney McCray Cutchall also touched on improved technology in the courtroom, which is leading edge if not cutting edge in the area; the outstanding work performed through the county Services for Children; and future challenges such as Marcellus shale.

New to the political scene as well, southern Fulton County resident and fellow commissioner candidate Rodney Mc- Cray says the issues of economy and values have both caught his attention.

McCray said many jobs have gone overseas, and inflation continues to periodically double over time. “Our dollar is not good news in the world economy,” he said. McCray further spoke about various options available to the county when dealing with the topic of Marcellus shale.

Speaking of values, the candidate stated relationships build world view, which in turn builds values that change behavior. He said he hopes to bring honor, integrity and character to the office of commissioner.

Seeking his third term of of- fice, Sheriff Keith Stains briefly spoke to the crowd Friday evening. “I feel like I’ve done a lot,” said Stains, who spoke of various changes within his office that handles transports, serving papers and security issues at the courthouse. Stains concluded he felt he was capable of keeping up with the current trends seen in his office as well as the workload.

Unopposed in seeking reelection, county District Attorney Travis Kendall reminded the audience his job is not solely limited to criminal trials, which occur between 12 and 15 times annually. He also strives to administer justice in a means that is affordable to local residents. Boarding costs at the Franklin County Prison are currently at $65 per day per person.

The district attorney also made reference to relationships between his office and the offices of sheriff, probation and the court.

Hoping to secure her third term of office, county Treasurer Monica Seville is unopposed in her bid for reelection. Speaking to local Republicans, Seville said it was a godsend when thencounty treasurer Bonnie Mellott Keefer came to her and asked about her interest in seeking office. Seville stated she previously had hoped to retire by the age of 45 but now loves her job, which involves working with hunters and dog lovers.

“It’s a perfect fit for me,” said Seville, who added she is grateful for the lack of competition during this election.

County auditor Rebecca Kendall announced she is in the midst of finishing up her 11th year in office. She asked for ongoing support from registered voters and cited her knowledge of the county and its fiscal accounting.

Fellow auditor candidate Sandra “Sonnie” Stenger thanked the voters for their help during the spring election and asked for their continued support on November 8. Stenger vowed to do her very best in providing leadership to the county.

Only able to appear at political functions during election years, Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne is seeking re-election to an additional six-year term of office. During his first term, Horne stated his office staff, which has more than 50 years combined experience, have handled over 15,000 cases.

Others on-hand during the fall dinner were Sue Yeager, representing Rep. Dick Hess; Nancy Bull, on behalf of U.S. Congressman Bill Shuster; and Sen. John Eichelberger.

Additional information on races and candidates in the November 8 election can be found in the legal section of this week’s “News.”

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