LIMA — After 14 months of making phone calls, knocking on doors and speaking to every group of residents he could, Republican Cory Noonan came out ahead in a three-way race for one of two open Allen County commissioner seats. Republican Jay Begg ran unopposed for the other seat.
Noonan and Begg will replace retiring commissioners Dan Reiff and Sam Bassitt.
“It’s humbling. You spend 14 months going out door-to-door speaking to voters, thousands of voters,” Noonan said. “In football, you practice all week and then you go out and play the game. This way you practice all week and give the voters the opportunity to go out and vote. They hired me and I look forward to being county commissioner here in Allen County.”
After years of serving to help get others elected or help those who won elected office, Noonan said it is a whole new world when he saw his own name on the ballot.
“Having your name on the ballot, going out door-to-door and people asking you what your thoughts are, what your plans are, conveying them to them,” Noonan said. “When you stand on the doorstep that’s where they look you in the eye and ask you the question and you have to provide them with your response, they can see that. They can see who you are. It is a whole different ballgame.”
Noonan won the commissioner’s seat 26,095 to 16,480 to 2,218 over Connie Miller, a Democrat, and Don Kissick, a Libertarian, respectively.
Miller said she knew it would be an uphill battle but was proud of the effort.
“I think we ran a great campaign. We got our message out,” Miller said. “It’s a very uphill battle in Allen County. People are very conservative in this area and they tend to vote Republican.”
Kissick also said he wasn’t surprised by the results.
“Clearly, Cory Noonan ran a very effective campaign. He had strong support,” Kissick said. “He had tremendous support countywide. I wish him luck as a county commissioner and hope he represents the constituents to the best of his ability.”
Jessica Lescallett, of Lima, said she supported Noonan because Allen County needs a new, young voice in the commissioners office.
“I really like what Cory had to offer. You get somebody younger with new ideas,” she said. “He’s really good for getting jobs and economic growth. That’s what’s really important.”
In other races, voters in Elida turned down an electricity aggregation issue 536 to 475.
Voters in Harrod, voted 98 to 87 to approve a 5 mill renewal levy for five years. The levy will help fund current operating expenses for the village.
In Spencerville, voters approved a 1.45 mill renewal levy for current operating expenses by a 511 to 303 margin.
Asked for new money, voters in Sugar Creek Township approved a 2 mill additional levy for current expenses by a 336 to 327 margin.