LIMA — Beth Seibert filed her petition to run for Allen County Commissioner Monday afternoon, making her the first new candidate for the 2020 election.
Seibert currently serves as stormwater and watershed programs coordinator with the Allen Soil and Water Conservation District. She filed to run as a Republican for the seat of Jay Begg beginning Jan. 3, 2021.
Commissioner Cory Noonan will be seeking re-election, joining Seibert as the only two petitions filed as of Monday. According to the Board of Elections, there are a few petitions out, but no others have been filed. The petition deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesday.
“I’ve spent the last 30 years in a career with the Soil and Water Conservation District serving the public, and I feel that is such a privilege,” Seibert said. “In that timeframe, I’ve had the opportunity to partner with and network with the other 23 agencies that are part of the Allen County general fund support system, so today, me stepping up to county commissioner at this stage of my life is just a natural step.”
Seibert said her well-documented public service and leadership record is what she believes qualifies her for the seat.
“I also bring with me the ag background, and for me, I want to make sure that the county commissioner’s office maintains a seat representing the ag community,” she added.
Seibert was joined Monday by her campaign chair, former Commissioner Alberta Lee, the only woman to have served as an Allen County commissioner.
“When I started thinking about this, Alberta was one of the first people I consulted with. … She’s a champion adviser and she’s got a wealth of knowledge and experience,” Seibert said. “She’s known me for most of my career with the Soil and Water Conservation. Her and I are in a number of organizations together, so I consulted her advice.”
Begg was set to run for re-election prior to dropping out in early December due to an injury suffered while working at his residence in November. Commissioner Greg Sneary announced in October his plans to retire at the end of the year, but with the injury to Begg, Sneary will hold off until Begg returns or his replacement is in full swing. Sneary’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2022.
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