LIMA — Beth Seibert has been collaborating with the Allen County commissioners for more than 25 years now through her involvement in the Allen Soil and Water Conservation District and Ottawa River Coalition.
Now, she’s decided to make her run at one of those commissioner seats.
“I had decided a little over two years ago that I wanted to pursue the office of county commissioner the next time a position came open,” she said. “I began mentally preparing for that to happen and becoming even more involved in the community and Republican Party than I had before.”
Seibert has been a member of the Allen SWCD since 1992, elevating to the first president of the organization and going on to become the national secretary for the organization in 1998.
“I’m working very closely with the commissioners now and working closely with other department heads in the county,” she said. “I feel those relationships, my worth ethic and all of these things come together and will make me very successful in the position very quickly.”
Seibert said that if elected, she would want to continue focusing on the involvement with and support of the Allen Economic Development Group to keep businesses prospering in the community.
“Today we’ve got over 1,500 jobs open, and I’m excited about the work of Ohio Means Jobs and putting people to work,” Seibert said. “If people are working in this community, the tax base is strong, and we can provide the support and infrastructure we need to provide.”
She acknowledged that infrastructure is one of the most important issues facing the commissioners right now. She said she believes the current commissioners are on the right track.
“First of all, I feel very strongly that the board of county commissioners is doing a fantastic job, and I want to come alongside their current priorities of economic development,” she explained. “I want to be part of that working plan that takes care of those facilities like our iconic courthouse. We’ve been entrusted with the care of those things, and I plan to be part of working that plan and making sure these structures are taken care of and they have a useful life.
“One of the greatest factors they have is they’ve been able to dedicate about $1.6 million a year to that plan because of about 48 line items on the county budget, 17 agencies reduced their spending last year,” she added. “I’ve been really impressed in the way they’ve been able to deliver efficiencies in their budget that allow dollars to be freed up.”
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