From the Hunterdon Review

Patrick Heller and Mark Pomykacz, with the endorsement of the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee, have filed petitions with the Hunterdon County Clerk to run as Democratic candidates for two three-year seats 2021 Hunterdon County Commissioner seats.  Incumbents J. Matthew Holt of Kingwood-Stockton Road in Rosemont and Susan J. Soloway of Mathew Drive in Annandale filed petitions as Republican candidates for two open three-year seats on that ticket.

“Governing in this county is a delicate balancing act between the things that we want to remain the same, and the things we need to modernize,” Heller said. “COVID has taught us how fragile that balance is, and how resilient we are in Hunterdon County.”

 

Heller, who lives on Edison Road in the Whitehouse Station section of Readington Township with his wife Jennifer and their two daughters, practices insurance defense litigation with a Fortune 1000 company.
 
Heller serves as Vice President of the Hunterdon County Bar Association, on numerous roles judicial committees, and has worked with the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County (DASSAC).
 
“There is an ease to making friends here,” Heller said. “They are the workers at the small shops we frequent, the parents who cheer on our kids’ teams, and the neighbors who live on our street.”
 
Pomykacz, a national business owner and a long-time Hunterdon County resident, lives on Mountain Road in Whitehouse Station.
 
“Having traveled throughout America for work, I see that Hunterdon is very special place to live,” Pomykacz said. “I raised my kids here, built my company here, and can’t imagine being anyplace else but here. Yet I see that our county government can do better. Without meeting the needs of our future through smart, sound, and community-focused leadership, Hunterdon could easily fade. I will work to keep our Hunterdon county a great place to live and work, without sacrificing the charm.”
 
Heller said that COVID has shown the cracks in how the county government is run, and was a driving force in his 2020 freeholder campaign.
 
“It is not enough to have survived the pandemic,” Heller said. “We must learn lessons, be better prepared, and become more resilient when addressing our issues, such as emergency management. Ignoring the need for leadership will only escalate our challenges, including aging infrastructure and utilities, unreliable broadband service, major schooling/daycare/senior housing gaps, emergency support for businesses, reckless and unplanned land use actions, and failures to address drug addiction.”
 
Pomykacz said that, as one of the wealthiest, most educated, safest counties in the country, these issues can only be the result of lack of leadership.
 
“Pat and I have a solution for that,” Pomykacz said.
 
From his work with Deloitte, to the City of New York Economic Development Agencies, to his own business at Federal Appraisal in Whitehouse Station, Pomykacz has taken seats on the boards of several national organizations.
 
For more information, visit https://hunterdonforward.com.