LIMA — Due to injuries incurred earlier this month by Allen County Commissioner Jay Begg, the Allen County Republican Party has decided to hold off naming a mid-term replacement for Allen County Commissioner Greg Sneary in order to “provide continuity in the operations of the county.”
Earlier this fall, Sneary had announced his intention to retire at the end of December, but Begg’s injury has since changed that plan. According to an announcement Monday afternoon by the Allen County Republican Party, Sneary, who has held the seat for 17 years, will now run out his term at least until Begg returns or Begg’s replacement is elected at the end of 2020.
Begg has held his seat with the Allen County Commissioners since first winning it in January of 2013.
Both Begg and Commissioner Cory Noonan had been slated to run for re-election in 2020 for their current seats at the commissioner’s table, but with Begg opting out of the race, that allows a potential newcomer to file in his place. Those looking to fill Begg’s to-be-open seat can file a petition at the Allen County Board of Election’s office up until 4 p.m. on Dec. 18 in time to campaign for Ohio’s primary scheduled on March 17.
Noonan has already filed a petition to be re-elected to the seat he currently holds.
“I am most grateful to Commissioner Sneary for postponing his retirement and his willingness to put our county’s needs ahead of his own personal desires,” Allen County Republican Chairman Keith Cheney said in a press release. “His most able guidance will be a true asset in the transition of a new commissioner.”
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