COUDERSPORT, Pa. — The board of Potter County Commissioners in office since 2008 will remain intact for another four years, unofficial results from Tuesday’s general election indicate.
Results from the election show incumbent Republicans Paul Heimel garnering 2,328 votes; Douglas Morley, 2,091; incumbent Democrat Susan Kefover, 1,612; and Democrat Barry Hayman, 1,290.
Heimel, Morley, Kefover will serve in their roles for another four years.
Former commissioner Cathy Bowers, a Republican who lost in the primary, waged a write‑in campaign in Tuesday’s election. All told, there were 542 write‑in ballots cast.
“The election results are gratifying because our board has been engaged in some substantive work that would be hard to hand off at this point,” Heimel said late Tuesday. “A natural chemistry has developed among our board that draws upon each member’s strengths, and I think each of us is excited about the possibilities for the next four years.”
He expressed appreciation to voters for their support. What’s more, he said the commissioners’ office door is always open and input is always accepted.
Heimel was an honor student at Penn State University, where he studied political science, rural sociology and journalism. He also served as reporter and editor of his family-owned newspaper and later was hired as Adelphia’s corporate communications manager.
In addition, for 30 years, he served as a radio sportscaster and has written several local history books.
AS A COMMISSIONER, Kefover said she wants to continue the group’s current trajectory.
“We’ve started to build the economy, support the criminal justice system and help those already incarcerated,” she said.
Kefover has her focus on many aspects of Potter County, including human services and economic development.
“I can hardly wait” for the next four years, she said.
Kefover has served as county commissioner from 1979 to 1987 and 2008 to the present.
She also has experience in the private sector, a nonprofit organization and government, having worked as executive director of Galeton Development Corp. and as a community development consultant for Adelphia.
Kefover also ran for the U.S. Senate on the Democratic ticket in 1988; she found victory in 57 counties but lost in the Philadelphia area.
MORLEY, OF GOLD, said he appreciated the voters choosing him again as a commissioner. He serves as chairman of the board.
He also worked in manufacturing, served as a business owner and spent 23 years in the banking industry.
In addition, Morley has been involved in county boards; local organizations; and leadership roles in community improvement projects, economic development partnerships, and educational and training programs.