2015-03-07 / Front Page

Local election picture starting to get clearer

Candidates throwing hats in the ring

Speculation on who’s in and who’s out when it comes to the May 19 Primary Election will soon be resolved.

Candidates who want to have their names on the ballots for Republican or Democratic nominations need to file their petitions with the requisite number of voter signatures no later than Tuesday, March 10.

Veteran political observers in Potter and Cameron counties all agree that there’s scant interest among voters -- and what little there is has been focused on countywide offices.

In Potter County, three contests are generating buzz.

Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover are all running for a third fouryear term.

Morley and Heimel are seeking the two Republican nominations, as is former commissioner Cathy Bowers. Interestingly, Bowers was a Democrat when she served her lone term (2004-07). She was nominated by Democrats again in 2007, but was beaten in the general election.

Kefover is running for one of the two Democratic nominations. Long-time Coudersport High School social studies teacher Barry Hayman is seeking the second nomination. Those two will likely be unopposed on the Democratic ballot in May.

With Potter County Sheriff/Jail Warden Ken Sauley retiring, three men are seeking to succeed him. Deputy Sheriff Glenn Drake and jail corrections officers Ralph Briggs and Roy Hunt are circulating petitions to run for the Republican nomination. There appear to be no Democratic candidates.

Potter County Treasurer Krista Miller is running for re-election. She’s seeking the Republican nomination, as is Jessica Giebel, who’s employed by a Coudersport bank. Meanwhile, Amber Neefe Fowler is circulating petitions to run for the Democratic nomination.

Also on the countywide ballot are the seats of Potter County Auditors Pauline Kleintop (R), Jeanine Stuckey (R) and Margo Germino (D), all of whom have been circulating petitions.

Two other candidates, a Republican and a Democrat, are reportedly planning to run, as well.

Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts Kathy Schroeder and Register and Recorder Gary Kelsey appear to be unopposed in seeking reelection. Both are Republicans.

In Cameron County, all incumbents for countywide offifices are running for reelection. Commissioners Phil Jones and Jim Thomas are joined in the race for two Democratic nominations by Shane Pearsall.

As many as nine people have expressed interest in the two Republican nominations, including incumbent Glen Fiebig along with Bill Bogart, Lori Reed, Jan Hampton, Phil Brown, Adam Johnson, Robert McLean, Alvin Lyon, Matt Grimone and Rex Waddington.

Jeanne Miglicio is running for the Republican nomination for Cameron County District attorney. She’ll presumably run against incumbent Paul Malizia, an Independent, in the November election.

Treasurer Staci Brown (R) also plans to seek reelection, as does Coroner Ted Walters (D). Both appear to be running unopposed.

There is also a smattering of interest in borough, township and school board seats being fifilled in this year’s elections. How those races stack up will not be known until Tuesday’s fifiling deadline passes.

Only registered Republicans and Democrats are eligible to vote on May 19. Deadline to register to vote, report change of address or change party affifiliation is April 20.

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