The members of the Adams County Republican Central and Executive Committee will decide on January 31st who the next Adams County Commissioner will be. During the same meeting, they will appoint a Republican member to the Board of Elections and decide on a host of central committee appointments.
Of the six applicants, there is one major theme: the status quo in Adams County isn’t working. Most listed poverty, drug use, lack of jobs, economic development, and infrastructure as the top five issues facing Adams County. In fact, all six suggested that more needs to be done in the county for economic development. According to the state of Ohio, nearly one-quarter of Adams County residents live in poverty – something the Commissioner hopefuls plan to work on. The applications also show wide belief that Adams County has an abundance of natural resources, beauty, and potential, but that currently enough isn’t being done to make progress on improving the economic condition in Adams County.
Those filing an application include: Troy L. Dotson of Seaman, Barbara A. Moore of Winchester, Randy N. Chandler of West Union, Troy A. Jolly of Manchester, Joseph Wright of Seaman, and Dane R. Clark of West Union. Candidates also had to disclose whether they had paid all property taxes on time, had any liens or judgments filed against them, had any child support arrearage or garnishments and were required to list any court actions they had been a part of. They were also required to submit a complete background check, voting record, and driver’s license.
“Appointing a county office holder is one of the most important responsibilities of the Central Committee,” said Bill Foster, Chairman of the Central Committee. “The slate of potential appointees is diverse and very experienced,” said Foster. “We are confident that the committee will choose an excellent Commissioner for the people of Adams County. Voters here trust the Republican Party and that is why our candidates continue to win year after year.”
The appointment comes after former Commissioner Brian Baldridge resigned last month to take a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives.
The committee will also decide if George Timothy Lewis of Blue Creek continues his service on the Adams County Board of Elections. Lewis is facing a challenge by Jimmy R. Thomas of Manchester and Donna G. Gray of Green Township. Lewis has been a member of the board for over three decades.