Several new faces for elected positions

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Voters returned most incumbents to elected postions in Greencastle and Antrim Township, but one newcomer outpolled four seated officials in his first bid for office. The Republican candidates kept their normal edge for local politics.

Matthew Smith won two seats for borough council in an election with a twist, garnering 367 votes for a four-year term. He was followed by Harry Foley 366, Craig Myers 356, and Charles Eckstine 325. Michele Emmett, the only Democrat, received 250 votes and did not qualify for one of the four seats.

Smith was also elected to a two-year seat with 313 votes, along with Mark Singer, who was the top vote-getter with 432. Emmett received 200 votes for a two-year seat. Singer, appointed in April, will stay on to finish out the term of Chris Grimm, who resigned last spring. Emmett had been appointed following the resignation of Nancy Dunn in 2008, and the balance of that term also required election.

Smith has to decide whether to accept the four year or two year seat. The other will be filled by council in January. Emmett has indicated she will not seek the appointment.

In Antrim Township James Byers was overwhelmingly re-elected, with 1,091 votes. The second open seat was retained by Fred Young III. He faced a strong challenge from Republican John Alleman, who received the Democratic nomination in the primary. Their final tallies were 860 and 787.

For the Greencastle-Antrim School Board, two newcomers joined two incumbents, outpacing the lone Democrat seeking a seat.

First-time candidate Brian Hissong, who won a primary election write-in tie broken by the casting of lots, received the most votes for one of four four-year seats. He earned 1,583 votes, followed by William Thorne 1,437, newcomer Joel Fridgen 1,357 and current board vice-president Mike Shindle 1,354.