Joan Heller has announced she is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination as a write-in candidate in the May 16 primary. She also encourages Democrats to vote for Angela Harding, incumbent Democrat Clinton County Commissioner, whose name will appear on the ballot.
After a 48-year career in music that took her around the world, Heller retired in her native Clinton County. She was the first woman to hold the post of Chairperson for the Music Department at Boston University School of Music.
Heller was raised in a Democratic household in Avis, where her mother served as secretary of Borough Council. Her father was an elected member of the Council and later was elected to the Jersey Shore Area School Board.
“To carry on the family tradition, I thought it was time I became an active Democrat,” Heller said.
For more than a decade, she has been active in the Clinton County Democratic Women (CCDW), most recently serving as Vice President, as well as serving as a committee person on the Clinton County Democratic Committee (CCDC). Heller has spearheaded countless door-knocking, voter registration and postcard mailing campaigns on behalf of Democrats seeking office both locally and statewide. She was also actively involved in the effort to get local municipalities to sign onto the Fair Redistricting resolutions in Clinton County.
She has championed a broad range of issues, ranging from rights for all people in the United States, including women’s rights and LGBTQ rights; quality and opportunity in public education; economic opportunity; equal pay for equal work; and environmental protections.
In the May 16 Primary Election, Democrats will be able to vote for two Democrats for county commissioner. Vote for Angela Harding, who will be on the ballot, and write in Joan Heller.
Learn more about Angela Harding, incumbent commissioner, here.
The 2023 Primary Election is May 16. See more important election dates here and other offices up for election here.
Note: The Clinton County Democratic Committee does not endorse candidates in the primary, but makes every effort to help evenhandedly publicize individuals seeking the Democratic nomination or running on the Democratic ticket. We embrace the will of the people following the Primary Election and wholeheartedly support the nominees selected in the election process.