2019-03-16 / News

Hayman running for commissioner

Retired schoolteacher Barry Hayman is running for a seat on the Potter County Board of Commissioners. He’ll seek one of the two Democratic nominations to be decided in the May 21 Municipal Primary Election.

In addition to teaching social studies in Austin and Coudersport for 33 years, the Bingham Township resident served for 20 years on the Northern Potter School Board.

He’s a member of the Northeastern Potter County Economic Development Assn. and Ulysses Library Board, and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Genesee Public Library, 4-H and Boy Scouts. Hayman is also Potter County’s delegate to the Democratic State Committee.

This is his second run for commissioner.

In 2015, he was chosen as a Democratic nominee and was defeated in the general election.

“I am a firm believer in the good that government can do,” Hayman said. “While county government is doing more and providing more services today than ever before, there is always more that can be done.”

He cited a desire to work as a county official to support farmers, local schools, and those with limited access to food, shelter and health care. Hayman also said, “As long as our resources are being used, we must do more to guarantee they are not abused.”

While recognizing the role of a commissioner as primarily one of management and oversight, he pledged to also serve as an advocate for the best interests of Potter County.

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