POTTER COUNTY — Paul Heimel, Nancy Grupp and Barry Hayman will appear on the ballot for Potter County Commissioner in November.
With the results officially counted, Heimel had 1,505 votes and Grupp had 1,493 votes.
Another Republican on the primary ballot was David Buckler. On election night, the unofficial count had him one vote behind Grupp. The official tally shows Buckler with 1,489 votes but is still closely behind Grupp by just four votes.
Larry Hinrichisen, also on the Republican ballot, received 247 votes in the official count.
On the Democratic ballot, Barry Hayman was the only candidate and received 657 votes in the official count.
“It is at once humbling, gratifying and exciting to enter into a compact with the voters,” Hayman wrote in an email. “For 20 years I served on the Northern Potter school board and I never once took that trust for granted.”
Hayman said he looks forward to meeting with as many voters as he can through various events with the Potter County Democratic Party; he also plans to be at multiple community events like the Red Suspender Weekend in Galeton and the Potter County Fair.
He said since his last run for commissioner he’s learned a lot about the difficulties facing the farm community and has concern for working families, schools and the quality of life for both the very young and senior citizens.
“… It all comes down to working through county government to try to secure a quality of life for every resident of Potter County by advocating for their health, safety, education, and well-being,” Hayman wrote.
Heimel said he feels resolved knowing he’ll officially appear on the ballot.
“Nothing is official until it’s official but it’s the next step in a process that I’ve been intending to pursue this year,” Heimel said. He’s looking forward to a smooth transition and is continuing to gain a better understanding of some of the initiatives taken on by current commissioners Doug Morley and Susan Kefover.
He said he will focus his time on transition issues. If reelected, some of his priorities in office will be to reduce expenses and look into new opportunities to bring in revenue.
“Another thing I’d like to work toward is improve communications and really improve engagement with constituents,” Heimel said. “I’d like to hear from more people … it’s important to understand what their concerns are and what their input might be.”
Grupp said she is feeling relieved, grateful and hopeful.
“I am so thankful for all the support and votes, and to be honest, it’s quite humbling to hear all the congratulations and well wishes … but it also spurs me on to make sure that I do my very best for the residents of Potter County,” Grupp wrote in an email. She said she plans to continue to visit communities around the county and attend community events.
If elected in November, she plans to meet with county department heads and learn how each department operates, both within the department and within the county.
“Between now and then I plan to continue to attend as many of the commissioners meetings as my job allows, to keep current with all the decisions being made and the reasoning behind those decisions,” Grupp wrote.