2019-03-16 / Front Page

Candidates announce

Election picture clearer; Morley, Kefover, Kelsey out in Potter

Tuesday’s deadline for filing petitions to run in this year’s election came with three veteran Potter County officials choosing not to seek another term.

In the biggest surprise, Doug Morley, chairman of the Board of Commissioners for more than 11 years, confirmed that he is retiring. Earlier, Commissioner Susan Kefover announced that she won’t be running for re-election.

Also, Gary Kelsey, who has served as register of wills and recorder of deeds since 1988, won’t be a candidate.

There will be little drama when it comes to the May 21 municipal primary election. The only contested race will find four candidates seeking the two Republican nominations for county commissioner.

Incumbent Paul Heimel, leading vote-recipient in the last two elections, is joined on the ballot by political newcomers David Buckler, Nancy Grupp and Larry Hinrichsen.

Barry Hayman, who ran for a seat on the board in 2015, is the only candidate seeking the two Democratic nominations.

Nicole Larsen, an attorney from Coudersport, is running for the Republican nomination to succeed Kelsey as register and recorder. There are no candidates for the Democratic nod.

Similarly, Republicans Glenn Drake (sheriff); Krista Miller (treasurer); Kathy Schroeder (prothonotary/clerk of courts); and auditors Pauline Kleintop (D), Jeanette Stuckey (R) and Michele Gledhill (R), are all running unopposed for re-election.

Nominees from the two parties will appear on the Nov. 5 municipal election ballot. President Judge Stephen Minor will also seek retention for a second 10-year term in the fall election.

Cameron County

In Cameron County, Tuesday’s deadline for candidates to file their petitions drew a field of six candidates for three seats on the Board of Commissioners, as well as a crowded race for a couple of municipal tax collector positions in the May 21 municipal primary election

Seeking the two Republican nominations to run for commissioner are incumbent Lori Reed, along with Jeff Snell, James Moate and Mike Stuaglicio.

Democrats running for that party’s two nominations are incumbents Phil Jones and Jim Thomas, as well as Ann Losey.

This year’s countywide election will also feature a rematch between incumbent Jeanne Miglicio and Paul Malizia for Cameron County District Attorney, an office previously held by Malizia. Each is seeking the Republican nomination. There are no Democratic candidates.

Staci Stuart Brown and Ted Walters are running unopposed for county treasurer and coroner, respectively.

Ten candidates emerged for the Shippen Township tax collector position.

Running for the Republican nomination are Nancy Fragale, Mary Lee Uber, Brian J. Gillette, Steve Manginell, Connie Lyon, Thomas Nellis, Jennifer Guisto Abriatis and Tina L. Dixon.

Seeking the Democratic nomination are Michelle Malize Clark and Peggyann E. Heckman.

Running for the Republican tax collector nomination in Emporium Borough are Kimberlea B. Whiting, Cindy Cook, Ben J. Newton and Steven F. Housler. Vicky Songer is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Nominees selected by the two parties on May 21 will have their names will appear on the Municipal Election ballot on Nov. 5.

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