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Helvetia activist to challenge Duyck

Allen Amabisca, a retired Intel financial analyst, will run against Washington County Chairman Andy Duyck in the May election, the News-Times has learned.

Amabisca serves as treasurer with the Save Helvetia organization, a coalition of Helvetia residents working to protect the community and its neighboring agricultural lands. He previously served on the West Union Elementary School Board.

A group of Amabisca supporters plans to formally launch his campaign Thursday evening at the Helvetia Tavern.

Amabisca's challenge, which was confirmed by multiple sources, comes amid continued criticisms that the current Washington County Board of Commissioners has favored development over preservation.

Duyck, who has been on the board since 1994, is seeking a second four-year term as chairman.

— Doug Burkhardt

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