2011-02-26 / Front Page

NEWCOMERS

Primary getting interesting as more candidates seek seats

With many local and countywide offices up for election this year, politicians are coming out of the woodwork.

Several newcomers have made things a little more uncomfortable for incumbents seeking re-election to many of the countywide positions.

Republicans and Democrats continue to gather signatures on their nominating petitions for the May 17 Municipal Primary on Tuesday. Petitions must be filed by March 8.

Potter County

All incumbents for countywide offices are running for re-election.

They include: Ken Sauley (Rep.), sheriff/warden; Krista Miller (Rep.), treasurer; Gary Kelsey (Rep.), register of wills/recorder of deeds; Susan Kefover (Dem.), Doug Morley (Rep.) and Paul Heimel (Rep.), commissioners; Pauline Kleintop (Rep.), Margo Germino (Dem.) and Patricia Nichols (Rep.), auditors; and Amy Moshier (Rep.), prothonotary/clerk of courts.

There are also some challengers who could be running. Potter County Director of Elections Sandy Lewis said that, in addition to the incumbents, the following people have picked up petitions.

• Kathy (Sturdevant) Schroeder, Republican, Prothonotary

• Kerry Ehrensberger, Republican, Prothonotary

• Roy Hunt, Republican, Sheriff

• Ken Wingo, Democrat, Commissioner

• James Jones, Republican, Commissioner

Three magisterial district judge positions are being filled for six-year terms. Two incumbents, Annette Easton (Coudersport District) and Delores Bristol (Galeton/Ulysses District), are running for re-election and so far remain unopposed.

The third, Barbara Easton (Shinglehouse District), is not running for another term. Long-time Shinglehouse Borough Councilman Barry Church, Kari Stubbs, Theresa Denhoff and Kathy Garrity are circulating petitions to run for the seat.

Seats are up for election on boards of directors for every school district in the county.

Among other offices to be filled are borough council seats in Austin (4) and Coudersport (3), and positions of supervisor, auditor and constable in nearly every township.

For more information, contact Potter County Director of Elections Sandy Lewis at 274-8467.

Deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation is April 18. Candidates chosen as Republican and Democratic nominees on May 17 will have their names appear on the Nov. 8 municipal election ballot.

Cameron County

Twelve people ran for the three seats on the Cameron County Board of Commissioners in each of the last two elections— 2003 and 2007.

And while it doesn’t appear as though that many will seek election to that post this year, it’s still getting plenty of attention.

As of Thursday afternoon nine people had picked up packets at the courthouse with the intention of running. Two of those are incumbents Phil Jones (Dem) and Glen Fiebig (Rep.).

Among the newcomers are:

• Jim Thomas, Democrat

• Robert “Speedy” Lininger, Republican

• Tom Callahan, Democrat

• Jim Narby, Republican

• Bonnie Smith, Republican

• Jim Slusarick, Democrat

• Blair Lundberg, Republican

Meanwhile, Treasurer Staci Stuart Brown, a Republican, is running for a fifth term to that four-year office. Rick Vassallo, also a Republican, announced late in the week that he is running for Treasurer.

Longtime District Judge Alvin Brown is retiring and will not seek reelection. So far, four people have picked up petitions to vie for the six-year term. They are:

• Barry Brown

• Nancy Dill

• Nick Botera

• Cindy Summerson

All have cross-filed, meaning they seek both the Republican and Democratic nominations.

In other contested races, Mary Lee Uber, a Republican, will contest longtime Shippen Township Tax Collector Jack McAuley, a Democrat. In Portage Township, Carrie Copp and Katie Brown will vie for that position. Both are Republicans.

A complete rundown of the offices up for election in Cameron County appears in a legal advertisement on page 11 of this edition.

Deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation is April 18. Candidates chosen as Republican and Democratic nominees on May 17 will have their names appear on the Nov. 8 municipal election ballot.

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