LIMA — The field to replace outgoing Allen County Commissioner Jay Begg keeps growing, with two more candidates filing petitions Tuesday to campaign for the seat in 2020. At least two other candidates are expected to file before the Wednesday afternoon deadline as well, The Lima News has learned.
Lima businessman Greg Stolly and Bluffton accountant Judy Augsburger have joined Beth Seibert in what is now a three-way race for the commissioner seat.
Stolly, a Republican, said his 40-plus years in business would be an asset for county government.
“It all starts with business,” he said. “When you’re talking about taxes, if you don’t have businesses you don’t have money coming in.”
Stolly is a commercial real estate agent and operates his own marketing company. He previously worked for the University of Northwestern Ohio, purchased and later sold The Ohio State Beauty Academy and served on boards for the Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
Augsburger too expressed an interest in the county’s economic development, emphasizing that she’d like to represent all the residents of Allen County.
“I feel a strong connection to the veterans, the elderly and the underprivileged,” she said.
Augsburger, also a Republican, spent four years as councilor for the Bluffton Village Council and was appointed mayor of Bluffton in 2014. She resigned from that position in December 2017.
Augsburger has served on numerous boards as well, including the Bluffton Airport, Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, Bluffton Lions and Blanchard River Watershed Partnership. She has more than 30 years of accounting and management experience and currently serves as president of the Lima chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants, as well as two state accounting boards.
While Begg originally intended to run for reelection, he dropped out in early December after an accident at his residence in November. Fellow Commissioner Greg Sneary, who announced in October his intent to retire at the end of 2019, has decided to continue in his role until Begg’s return or a replacement is found. Sneary’s term expires Dec. 31, 2022.
Allen County Commissioner Cory Noonan has also filed for reelection but remains uncontested as of Tuesday afternoon.
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.