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Clark County Commissioner faces a primary challenge in March

A Clark County Commissioner will face a challenger in the upcoming primary election March 17 as another Republican candidate has entered the race.

Lowell McGlothin, who served as a county commissioner for more than three years, will be facing a challenger in the March 17 primary, William Lindsey. Lindsey said he was urged to run for the position after previously serving on New Carlisle’s city council and later as the city’s vice-mayor.

The winner of that race will face Democrat David Hartley in the November general election. Hartley previously served as a county commissioner as well as a state representative.

Hartley had also faced a primary challenge from Alex Muller, who told the News-Sun on Wednesday that he would be stepping down from the race in order to focus on his newly formed business, Workforce Connect, that aims to tackle workforce transportation needs in the area. Muller said that he plans on notifying the Clark County Board of Elections of his decision later this week.

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McGlothin was elected into his current position in 2016 after running against the Democrat incumbent David Herier for a seat on the three-member county commission board.

McGlothin previously served on New Carlisle’s city council for 17 years as well as the city’s mayor for four years. He said he was first prompted to run for commissioner after being asked to do so by his party. He said he wanted to continue to serve in that role in order to see several county-wide projects through. That includes seeing several upgrades slated for the county fairgrounds and to make sure that the Upper Valley Mall property is moved to a developer.

The Clark County Land Reutilization Corp., also known as the Clark County Land Bank, purchased 40 acres of property at the Upper Valley Mall for about $3 million in 2017, in hopes that the move could help spark development on the German Twp. site.

“I want to see the projects completed and make the county a better place for all of our citizens and future generations to live,” he said in an email to the News-Sun.

Lindsey said he is running under the platform of fiscal responsibility in terms of county spending. He said he plans to closely examine future county budgets with the purpose of identifying areas of excess spending.

“I want to be like Preble and Warren County where we’re paying for items in cash and not taking on more debt. I want to be the fiscal conservative this county needs ( by) not raising taxes and being responsible,” he said in an email to the News-Sun.

Lindsey said when he was elected as member of New Carlisle’s city council in 2015, there was only a $195 budget surplus. He said by the end of his term as vice-Mayor at the end of last year, there was a budget surplus of $1.1 million.

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McGlothin said that continued economic development in the county is an important issue for him. He said he supported the development of a downtown Springfield parking garage, which is slated to be completed this year, with the hopes that it would usher in more growth in the area.

He said the county also needs to work on ways to generate new housing in the county. A recent housing study conducted last year showed that half of the housing stock in Springfield was built before 1949.

“New housing is ongoing and will help bring new homeowners in our County,” he said.

McGlothin said that the county is currently working with the city of Springfield to combine certain 911 services for the entire county. He said a bid for a new building for a combined 911 center in the city is underway.

Lindsey says he has experience with the Vandalia Fire Department and also owned and ran a small business. He said he wants to focus on continued economic growth in the county while focusing on more job opportunities for residents.

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He said plans on being fiscally conservative with the budget and hopes to reduce red-tape regulations.

Early voting for March’s primary election kicked off last week. Clark County residents who wish to take part in it can vote at the Clark County Board of Election’s office located at 3130 E. Main St. in Springfield.

The board’s hours are: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until March 6; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 7; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 9 to March 13; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14; 1 to 5 p.m. March 15 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 16.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, March 17.

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