Republican Jean Papay recently announced her candidacy for the office of Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans Court in Carbon County.

Papay was born and raised in Carbon County by her parents Karl and Pearl Kuntzman of Aquashicola. She graduated from Palmerton Area High School and continued her education at Allentown Business School where she earned an Associates Degree in Business Management. Papay resides in Palmerton where she and her husband Scott raise their three children: Brett 14, Nicholas 11 and Casi 11.

"I have always believed that a good public servant is one who never forgets where they came from and understands the people they serve," said Papay. "As someone who was born and raised right here in Carbon County, I have always appreciated the shared values of our community from an early age. I continue to respect those values today and use them to guide my daily decision as a mother, wife and daughter."

Papay currently works for Representative Doyle Heffley in his district offices in Lehighton, Albrightsville, and Lansford. She has worked diligently with legislative staff to reach out to residents of Carbon County in an effort to address their various needs and concerns. Papay also has an extensive resume of success spanning 30 years in the private sector.

"My understanding and appreciation of hard work was instilled in me by my parents," Papay said. "I believe my unique experiences working both in the private sector as a Sr. Sales Administrator for Lafarge North America and in the public sector as a Constituent Outreach Specialist for the State Representative 122nd District makes me uniquely qualified to run for county wide office," Papay added. "I am confident that I can do an excellent job for the people of Carbon County and look forward to serving as their next Register of Wills."