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Commissioner announces re-election bid

Tim Weigle

LISBON — County Commissioner Tim Weigle announced Monday he is seeking re-election for a third term.

“After giving careful consideration to running in the 2020 election, I have determined that continuing to serve as county commissioner is the right thing for me to do. I do this with the support of my wife, family, many friends, and the Republican Party leadership,” he said in a news release.

Weigle worked in heavy construction, mining and the solid waste industry for 43 years, the last 11 as branch manager at Ohio Caterpillar’s Youngstown office. He also served as a Unity Township trustee for more than 20 years before running for commissioner in 2012.

“I bring to the position more than two decades of managerial experience in the private sector and 30 years of public service in elected positions, including 23 years as a township trustee. My experience and decision-making abilities have contributed much to the board of commissioners and will help continue moving our county forward in the future,” he said.

“I look forward to continuing my excellent working relationship with all the political subdivisions to help deal with the serious challenges of combating the drug and opiate addiction, building strong public safety and supporting a strong economic development plan. I have devoted my full time and energy to these efforts. This position demands the full focus of the person serving and the expectations I have set for myself require no less.

“As I travel throughout the county I look forward to hearing from my constituents and being their voice in county government. I look forward to a positive campaign, your continued support, and continuing my service to the county,” Weigle concluded.

Weigle filed his candidacy petitions on Monday at the county elections board seeking the Republican nomination in the March 17 primary election. Three weeks ago, Columbiana Mayor Brian Blakeman filed petitions to run for Weigle’s seat in the Republican primary but he is expected to withdraw now that Weigle has opted to seek re-election.

Weigle and his wife Debbie have a daughter, Laurie.

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