Varick Supervisor Bob Hayssen and Waterloo Supervisor Don Trout are vying to become chairman of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors in 2020.
With six-time board Chair Bob Shipley, R-Waterloo, losing his reelection bid in November, a new chairman must be elected at the Jan. 8 organizational meeting. Whoever receives a majority of the board’s 750 weighted votes will win the seat.
Trout and Hayssen are Republicans. Republicans hold an 11-2 majority on the 14-member board, with Lodi Supervisor-Elect Kyle Barnhart not enrolled in any party.
Barnhart, also the Lodi village mayor, ran with Democratic Party endorsement in November, winning the seat now held by Republican Lee Davidson. Davidson lost a GOP primary in June to Mark Benjamin, but Barnhart defeated Benjamin in November.