You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Clark County Fair crowds draw hopeful candidates


With a little more than four months until the Nov. 4 general election, many local candidates are spending the week campaigning at the Clark County Fair.

Several officials are up for re-election this fall, including Clark County Commissioner Rick Lohnes and Auditor John Federer. Lohnes, a Republican, is running against Democratic challenger David Herier, while Federer, a Republican, is facing Nikki Crawford, a Democrat.

The fair is also important to candidates Kyle Koehler and Darrell Jackson, who are running against each other for the 79th Ohio House District seat left open by Ross McGregor, who is term-limited.

The candidates have been meeting citizens during the fair, walking around the midway and appearing at their party’s booth. Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic nominee for Governor, also made an appearance at the Clark County Fairgrounds Sunday.

As a challenger in 2010, Lohnes met with as many people as possible, but said it’s tough to quantify how much it helped his campaign.

“You can’t (quantify it), but it didn’t hurt,” Lohnes said.

He’ll spend every day in the Republican booth this year and will walk around the fairgrounds talking to as many people as possible.

“It’s important for people to see you walking around out here,” Lohnes said.

The fair is a great place to meet people, but also to answer any questions the public may have, Federer said.

“We’re out here educating folks on what we do,” Federer said.

As a new candidate, the fair is critical, Crawford said.

“I’m new to this, so for me, it’s the big kick-off for it,” Crawford said. “It’s been awesome.”

Crawford has lived in Clark County for 40 years, but said she doesn’t know how well-known her name is with residents. She also served as a judge for a dog costume contest this week.

“It’s important to get out there and say ‘Hi, I’m Nikki Crawford,’ ” she said.

On Monday, the fairgrounds was packed with people taking advantage of the “Free Till Three” promotion, Koehler said.

“It really brought people out, and it’s typically a slow day,” Koehler said.

The fair is a great place to meet people and hear some of their stories, Jackson said.

“It’s really interesting meeting people, the stories you hear and the concerns,” Jackson said. “It’s a fun experience.”

As a candidate for Clark County Commission in 2012, Koehler said he saw the importance of attending the fair.

“People want to meet the person they’re voting for,” Koehler said. “They need to know who you are and see your face.”




Next Up in News

The Temptations bass player Kerry Turman dead at 59
The Temptations bass player Kerry Turman dead at 59

Kerry Turman, a bass player for the iconic rhythm and blues group The Temptations, has died, according to a post on the group’s Facebook page. KFVS reported that Turman, 59, was pronounced dead Sunday morning after performing at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Saturday. The group confirmed the news Sunday in posts...
You can now rent dressed up llamas to attend your wedding 
You can now rent dressed up llamas to attend your wedding 

If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, you now can have llamas at your wedding. As first noted in Brides.com, Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas will provide llamas (or alpacas) to make a wedding or reception memorable. The non-profit organization specializes in animal-assisted therapy utilizing llamas and alpacas.  The website details...
Dayton man mauled by dog that neighbors had worried about
Dayton man mauled by dog that neighbors had worried about

The pit bull that mauled a Dayton man to death on Tuesday morning resided at a home that has been the source of a previous animal complaints and at least one dog bite. Dayton police responded to an alley near 345 Middle St. in northwest Dayton after receiving a frantic 911 call about a man yelling for help as he was being attacked by a dog. Police...
Man tossing child into frigid waters off Boston caught on camera, charged
Man tossing child into frigid waters off Boston caught on camera, charged

A 29-year-old man was arrested and accused of throwing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old into the frigid waters off Constitution Beach in East Boston on Monday, according to Massachusetts State Police. Mikel Anthony Hilerio dropped his girlfriend off at her job before taking her 4-year-old twin boys to the beach and putting them in the water, troopers...
VIDEO: Promo released of ‘Dirty Dancing’ remake
VIDEO: Promo released of ‘Dirty Dancing’ remake

ABC’s remake of the iconic 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing” is coming to the small screen in May, and fans of the original are getting to see a preview. People reported that the first promo video of what’s being called a three-hour musical event was released Tuesday. The story is the same as the original film, in which Frances &ldquo...
More Stories