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To the editor:

The Primary Election for Franklin County is rapidly approaching, and it is every candidate’s hope that voter turnout will be strong.  

Mary Beth Shank is one such candidate who I feel confident about, as she pursues her quest for a Judgeship with the Court of Common Pleas.  

Upon retirement from the U. S. Army in 1994, following 27 years of peacetime and combat Service, we returned to Chambersburg and employment with the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, and subsequently the Borough of Chambersburg.

It was during these years, with a focus on economic and community-development, that I met the Shank Family.  Over more than 20 years, I have come to know Mary Beth in a variety of public and private sector roles during which time she demonstrated her incredible community interest and concurrent achievement of impressive professional goals.  

We are friends of the Shank Family, and I consider myself a professional acquaintance of Mary Beth; initially working on Downtown projects, like the street festivals in the summer and fall, holiday tree lighting, and IceFest, to name a few.  

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Working at the Chamber of Commerce, I had the opportunity to observe Mary Beth in her various capacities, as an attorney, with the law firm of Sharpe and Sharpe; as a Member of Town Council with the Borough of Chambersburg; and as a Solicitor for Franklin County.  

I consider Mary Beth a wonderful friend, who possesses the requisite legal, managerial and personal relations skills needed in our judicial system. She can be the cordial friend, empathetic counselor, or the tough legal mind dealing with difficult issues.  

It is my fervent hope that our votes will catapult Mary Beth into a leadership role in this Community that we will all be very proud to support in the years to come.

COL Paul E. Cullinane, Jr., (USA, Retired)

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