Roadside campaign signs are dotting the landscape in Fairview Township, York County.
That's standard fare a month before an election, but the race for township supervisor, a job that pays $3,200 a year, has blown up.
It's now billboard big and worldwide web wide.
On I-83 North between Fairview Township and Harrisburg, a brand new billboard encourages voters to check out a newly created website, Truthabouthockenberry.com. It's a multi-media assault on commissioner candidate Scott Hockenberry, who won the Republican primary and Democratic write-in this spring.
Hockenberry appears to be a shoo-in for a six-year term on the five-member board, which has many in the township cringing.
"I feel like he's running as a vendetta against the township," said supervisor Bob Stanley, one of several residents behind the billboard and website.
Stanley will also be on the ballot on November 5. He was appointed to the post last year and is standing for election to complete the remaining two years on the term.
Stanley voted last November to fire Hockenberry as police chief. It was widely reported then that Hockenberry was fired because he posted a photo on Facebook with his arm around a topless woman.
Stanley says that's only part of the story and the website, he says, will outline the real reason Hockenberry was terminated. It has numerous documents and official reports, including results of an investigation into Hockenberry's behavior that has never been publicly reported.
The report lays out numerous examples of bad behavior including Hockenberry going too far before arresting a prostitute during a sting operation. It also alleges numerous examples of Hockenberry making sexually inappropriate comments to women.
There are other allegations of Hockenberry abusing his position as police chief.
"The information is presented," Stanley said matter-of-factly. "People can read through it and arrive at their own conclusions."
Hockenberry wouldn't comment. He directed abc27 to his attorney, Peter Daley, who is talking and threatening to sue the people behind the website and billboard.
"I have never seen such vicious, vindictive behavior over a job that pays so little," Daley said.
Hockenberry has lots of supporters in the community. They rallied at supervisor meetings after his dismissal. They also gave him the most votes in the spring primary.
Stanley believes residents voted for Hockenberry because they thought he was wrongfully fired for the Facebook photo. He hopes the website will leave a different impression.
Ralph Everline has run the barbershop in Fairview Township for 23 years. He says the supervisor's race is a hot topic in his shop and hears the pros and cons.
"I guess you have people on both sides that feel pretty strong," Everline said with a smile. "And they're gonna be at each other. In order to get their point across, they're gonna do whatever it takes."
Whatever it takes for Hockenberry detractors is a long shot write-in campaign. The website encourages voters to write in the name of John Jones and even shows them step-by-step how to do it.
If Jones write-in candidacy is unsuccessful, as most write-ins are, Hockenberry will be joining the very group that voted to fire him less than a year ago.
"Which would be awkward for supervisors, I'm sure," Stanley said. "It's definitely an unusual situation."