Municipal Primary Tuesday
Registered Democrats and Republicans will be heading out to the polls this Tuesday to cast their vote in the municipal primary that will decide which local candidates will or will not get a party nomination.
The May 21 election will be a determining factor whether some candidates receive a nod of approval to move on to the final race for office in November. Among those battling it out next week for a party nomination are Franklin/Fulton County Court of Common Pleas judicial candidates Jeffrey S. Evans, Jeremiah Zook and Jerrold A. Sulcove. All three Franklin County men have made headlines in recent weeks, attending various candidate forums and political dinners and fielding questions about their qualifications for judge of the 39th Judicial District.
Evans, a private practice attorney based out of Waynesboro, offers 23 years experience in a variety of areas, including criminal defense, civil, personal injury, real estate and family law. Zook, who currently serves as an assistant district attorney in neighboring Franklin County, has a total of 12 years experience in the courtroom as a litigator. Meanwhile, Sulcove, following in family tradition, works side-by-side with his father and brother, specializing in wills, real estate transactions, property disputes as well as school and municipal government.
All three men have cross-filed on both Republican and Democratic tickets.
School board races
A race drawing the interest of residents in southern Fulton County is the election of of school directors in the Southern Fulton School District. The ballot includes a race for four four-year terms as well as one two-year term of office. Eric Barnhart, who was appointed by the board to fill the vacancy that resulted from the sudden resignation of Dale Sigel, is seeking a two-year term of office on both the Republican and Democratic tickets as is transportation contractor and longtime board meeting attendee David Ritz Smith of Thompson Township.
In addition, several political newcomers have thrown their name out there for consideration by voters in an attempt to unseat incumbents Timothy Hull, L. Allen Morton, Patrick L. Bard and Mark R. Mosemann. Newcomers include David L. Fagley, Belfast Township; Scott C. Smartt, Belfast Township; and Scott W. Hendershot, Brush Creek Township. All seven individuals have cross-filed for the four seats.
School board races in the Central Fulton and Forbes Road school districts could have some potential vacancies if write-in candidates do not emerge this election year. In Central Fulton, Hollie Garlock is seeking re-election for another four-year term of office as is fellow incumbent Brent L. Carlson. Joining Garlock and Carlson on both the Republican and Democratic tickets will be Todd Township resident and Fulton County Partnership Inc. Executive Direc- tor Julia Elvey Dovey.
Choosing not to seek re-election this spring are outgoing board members Ryan Richards and Eric Hollinshead, potentially leaving one spot open for write-in candidates.
Write-in candidates are also being sought in the Forbes Road School District where only three incumbents are seeking election to fill four four-year terms of office. Incumbent Deonna Carmack will not be seeking election this year having already fulfilled eight years as school board director.
Seeking re-election are Stacie Lynn Keller (R/D), Kirby Shoemaker (R/D) and Chanin D. Rotz- Mountz (R).
Longtime Ayr Township Supervisor Thurman E. Nesbitt III will be seeking re-election this year and will face some competition this spring from fellow resident and Republican Russell C. Harmon. Meanwhile, Amber D. Souders (R) is unopposed in her race for township auditor as is Julie A. Shearer (D), who is running again for tax collector.
Democrats Joy Dasher and Kimbra Tweedy are listed as candidates for the respective positions of judge of elections and inspection of elections.
Thomas K. Morton is currently running unopposed for re-election for the position of Belfast Township supervisor as is tax collector G. Jean Morton (R) and auditor Luanne Keebaugh (R). Vivian K. Bernhard (R) and Mary Hann (D) are vying for the position of inspector of elections in Belfast on their respective tickets, while Carol F. Richards (D) is seeking the position of judge of elections.
Mark B. Remsburg finds himself unopposed on the Republican tickets this spring as he seeks reelection to the Bethel Township Board of Supervisors. Debra Palmer is also unopposed on May 21 on the Republican ballot for the position of tax collector, while Bethany Golden (R) is unopposed for judge of elections. Inspector of elections candidates in Bethel Township include Ruthann Golden (R) and Donna J. Lynch (D).
Brush Creek Township
Republicans seeking office in Brush Creek Township on May 21 are M. Wildena Truax, tax collector; Stephen Deneen, auditor; Maxine Barton, judge of elections; and Jay Barton, inspector of elections.
John Mixell, building and grounds supervisor at the Forbes Road School District, will be trying his hand this spring at the election process. Mixell is running uncontested on the Democratic ballot for the position of township supervisor, and if elected will replace outgoing supervisor Donald Strait.
Other Democrats listed on the ballot include Cindy Knepper, judge of elections, and Gloria Drenning for inspector of elections. In addition, Republican Tonya (Tawnie) House is seeking re-election for township tax collector, and Frances Hoover (R) is seeking the position of inspector of elections.
Licking Creek Township
Incumbent A. Donald Swope (R) is currently unopposed in the race for Licking Creek Township supervisor as are Democrats Becky Mellott Peck, tax collector, and Bob Wright, constable. Sandra Lynch is listed on the Democratic ballot for judge of elections, while Betty L. Ramsey (R) and Alice L. Mellott Gordon (D) are running for inspector of elections.
On the ballots being distributed to McConnellsburg Borough registered voters, Republican incumbent Michael L. Chilcote Sr. is running opposed for the position of borough mayor. Meanwhile, incumbents James H. Smith (R) and Patsy Frazier (D) are the only individuals on their respective tickets looking to fill a total of three positions on the McConnellsburg Borough Council.
Joann D. Chilcote (R) is unopposed for the position of tax collector as is auditor candidate Beulah F. Paylor (D). Running for judge of election is Wilda Charlene Gordon (D), and Linda Carr (R) is running for inspector of elections.
Incumbent Richard Doney (R) is currently unopposed this spring for the position of Taylor Township supervisor. In addition, Patricia Sue Hann (R) is looking to fill a vacant position left by longtime tax collector Judith Appleby, who is not seeking re-election. David Gourley (D) is listed as a candidate for judge of elections, while Vera M. Brown (R) and Jeanette Dumer (D) are candidates for inspector of elections.
Incumbent Dianna Kincaid (R) is unopposed on the spring ballot for Thompson Township tax collector. Inspector of elections candidates are Corrie Gearhart (R) and Nancy E. Younker (D).
Mark S. Washabaugh will be running unopposed for re-election on the Republican ticket for the position of Todd Township supervisor as is Janet A. Mellott (R), tax collector; Jane L. Lininger (D), six-year auditor Shari M. Washabaugh (R), four-year auditor; Debra K. Dick (D), judge of elections; and Peg Kerlin (R), inspector of elections.
Running unopposed on the Republican ballot for Union Township supervisor this spring is Randy Wills, while Kaylie Oakman (R) is uncontested for re-election to the position of township tax collector. Inspector of elections candidates include Pamela Bageant (D) and Suzanne Mann (R).
Democratic incumbent Rocky Souders is unopposed this spring for the race for a six-year term of office as township supervisor. Meanwhile, this spring, Republicans Shannon J. Barton and Kevin Bricker will be vying for votes and a party nomination for a four-year term of office on the Wells Township Board of Supervisors.
Wanda J. Johnson (R) is seeking a six-year term of office as township auditor, while Cathy L. Souders (D) is seeking a four-year term as auditor. Ronda J. Barnett (R) is listed as a candidate for inspector of elections.
Incumbent Prothonotary Patty Suders Fix (R) of Todd Township is seeking re-election this year as well and is unopposed.