FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. - Residents in Franklin County can vote for local contested races including for Chambersburg Mayor, Waynesboro and Tuscarora School Boards, a district judge position and Township Supervisor in various areas including Washington and Guilford Townships.
Residents in Chambersburg will have four candidates vying for Mayor.
Borough Council veteran William McLaughlin is focused on public safety and economic development.
"[The] number one way I can help it to grow is to improve public safety by eliminating the stigma that it's not safe to be downtown [and] by working with builders and developers to help bring economic development to Chambersburg," said William McLaughlin, mayoral candidate.
School Board member Joan Smith agrees on economic development especially small businesses similar to her own.
"People come into Chambersburg, and they don’t even recognize it anymore," said Joan Smith, mayoral candidate. "So, I want to see instead of sending businesses or people elsewhere. Let's keep the people in Chambersburg."
The newcomers include Walter Bietsch and Illana Vojnovich.
Bietsch has family roots in Chambersburg, dating back to the 1800's and served nearly 20 years as a Borough Police Officer.
"I want to ensure that it (police) continues to be well-funded, well-equipped, well-trained and properly staffed," said Walter Bietsch, mayoral candidate.
For Vojnovich, an electrical engineer, she would be the youngest mayor in Chambersburg history, if elected.
"I wanted to encourage more people to participate and raise awareness for a lot of things going on with the local government and community organizations,” said Illana Vojnovich, mayoral candidate.
All candidates agree on working to have a better relationship between police and residents.
On Tuesday, the polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The 73 polling places are the same as they were in the November 2016 election.
The top vote-getters in this election will proceed to the municipal election.
Last primary, the voter turnout in Franklin County was 25 percent. Officials said they will most likely see the same numbers for Tuesday.
For election results, you can check our website tomorrow night.