Republican Lohnes retains Clark County commission seat

Rick Lohnes defeated his Democratic challenger in a race for Clark County commissioner, according to final, unofficial results Tuesday night.

Lohnes easily defeated Seth Evans, meaning Lohnes will retain his seat as a Clark County commissioner. Lohnes, a former commander of the 178th Wing of the Ohio National Guard, has already served two previous terms.

»»Election 2018: Get the latest results on races in Clark and Champaign Counties

He said he worked hard to campaign once he made a decision to run.

“You never know,” Lohnes said. “Once I had an opponent I went into it full speed and worked hard.”

Neither of the two candidates initially planned to run for the seat. Evans is a small business owner and a local minister in the United Methodist Church. He was picked as a late replacement for Pamela Dixon, a Democrat who dropped out of the race in June to spend more time on her career as a nurse.

Lohnes also previously told the News-Sun he initially also didn’t plan to run for re-election. But he changed his mind because he felt there was unfinished business he wanted to accomplish for the county.

“He got in it late,” Lohnes said of Evans’ campaign, congratulating the Democrat for running a good race. “It’s hard to only campaign half the time.”

Lohnes said one of his most important accomplishments as commissioner was developing a better planning process for the county. The county didn’t make long-term plans for issues like capital improvement or debt management when he first took office, but the county now has a process in place to manage those issues, he said.

Now that he’s won re-election, Lohnes said he planned to continue to work to manage the county budget efficiently and would continue to work on several capital improvement projects for the county.


Services set for former Clark County Commissioner Gordon Flax

Springfield pushes ahead with multi-million dollar parking project

Speedway’s steady growth benefits region

Honda reports sales dip 4 percent in October

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Community News

Amazon HQ2: New York, Virginia picked for additional headquarters, reports say
Amazon HQ2: New York, Virginia picked for additional headquarters, reports say

The New York City and Washington, D.C., metro areas are splitting Amazon’s planned second headquarters project, according to a Wall Street Journal report Monday night. The official announcement could be made as soon as Tuesday, the media outlet said, citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter.” Politico published a similar...
Study: DPS should focus on high-performing schools
Study: DPS should focus on high-performing schools

Too few Ohio students are on track to be college- or career-ready when they graduate high school, and the state’s largest urban districts, such as Dayton Public Schools, lag even further in student achievement. That’s according to a Thomas B. Fordham Institute study released Tuesday suggesting DPS and other large districts should focus...
Youth in Ohio foster care face more placements, barriers to adulthood
Youth in Ohio foster care face more placements, barriers to adulthood

Youth age 14 and older in Ohio’s child wefare system experience more foster placements — which can be disruptive and traumatic — than those in other states, a new report shows. Compared to a nationwide average, those in Ohio are 8 percent more likely to be moved more frequently, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation report released...
Champaign County Pet of the Week
Champaign County Pet of the Week

Gus is a 4-month-old male kitten. He is friendly; however, he is a bit on the cautious side. Gus loves being petted and held, but noises and fast movement can scare him. He would probably do better in a home that is on the low activity side. Gus has been neutered, is up to date on vaccinations and has tested negative for feline leukemia. Come spend...
Opinion: President Trump 2.0: No more ‘Crazy Maxine’?

Did anyone expect at least a hint of humility from President Donald Trump after Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives? If so, they don’t know our transactional president. Almost lost in his occasionally hostile exchanges with reporters Wednesday at his first news conference after the midterms was the olive branch he offered to...
More Stories