In what was a close race for county treasurer Tuesday, incumbent Susan Harry will proceed as the Republican nominee on the general election ballot in November.

“I just want to thank everyone who supported me and worked hard for me,” Harry told The Daily News this morning. “I’m going to continue to represent the public with the same transparent and open-door policy that I’ve had for the last four years.

Harry beat her Republican challenger, Smithfield Township resident Tammy Peterson, by just 273 votes. Harry garnered a total of 2,631 votes or 52.68 percent, while Peterson received 2,358 votes or 47.22 percent.

“My opponent ran a competitive campaign,” said Harry, noting that she’s just moved another step closer in the election process. “I’m not going to take anything for granted.”

Peterson acknowledged Tuesday’ race was a close one.

“I’m a little disappointed, but overall I feel good,” she told The Daily News this morning. “I had a lot of strong, wonderful people helping me and I also met a lot of people I didn’t know before and made new friends, so that made it worthwhile.”

Ahead of the November election, Harry said it will be business as usual in her Bailey Building office.

“My number one priority is the residents of Huntingdon County, the electron process is further down the list,” she said. “I don’t take it for granted, but my first priority is the taxpayers and residents.”

Harry thanked her family and friends, as well as the voters who expressed their confidence in her for the opportunity to continue to serve.

“No one does this alone,” she said.

Peterson also thanked those who stood with her.

“Thank you to my husband and my family who took this rollercoaster ride with me. I’d also like to thank Ian Thompson, Ellis Griffith and Bland Park who were phenomenal and Mark Sather and Scott Walls who were very helpful with any questions I had about the campaign,” she said.

She also extended her thanks to the voters.

“I’d like to thank everyone whether they supported me or not. Everyone was kind and patient,” she said. “I’m glad I gave them a choice on the ballot.”

Peterson, who serves on Huntingdon Area School Board, said she has no plans for a write-in campaign at this time.

Becky can be reached at bweikert@huntingdondailynews.com.

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