LIMA — Friends and supporters of Greg Stolly — who is campaigning to replace outgoing Allen County Commissioner Jay Begg — met at Westgate Lanes Thursday for the Stolly campaign’s official kickoff party, just weeks before early voting begins for this year’s primary contest.
Stolly is one of five Republicans vying for the seat.
Stolly says he wants to make Allen County more business friendly and open to developers, a common theme among some of his Republican opponents. But Stolly summed up his campaign as one of experience.
“I’ve owned my own business. I’ve made tough decisions,” he said.
Stolly is a real estate agent with Real Living CCR Realtors. Before that, he founded a marketing company and spent 15 years working for the University of Northwestern Ohio. And he is the previous owner of The Ohio State Beauty Academy, during which he says enrollment grew to upwards of 200 students.
Stolly has also served on boards for the Allen County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Veterans Memorial Civic Center, during which Stolly says he helped establish grants to bring more events to Allen County and extend the Civic Center’s budget during the Great Recession.
“We’re, right now, in good times,” Stolly said. “We’ve had a good economy. The sales tax in this community last year was up 10%. I’m not saying it’s easy to be a county commissioner, but when revenues are coming in it’s a lot easier. When times get tough, those are when you have to make tough decisions. That’s when you have to go sit with the different people, and I’ve done that. I’ve done that in the business.
“I was vice president at UNOH. I had to make those cuts. I had to make those decisions. They’re not easy but you need somebody that’s seasoned, that can do it.”
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.