In a contested race for the chance to appear on the November Republican ballot for the seat of Preble County Commissioner, an incumbent of 11 years and a current Twin Township trustee will face off on Tuesday, May 6.
Incumbent Commissioner David Wesler is seeking re-election.
In announcing his candidacy late last year, Wesler noted, “For 11 years I’ve had the honor of serving Preble County as a Republican Commissioner.
“During tough times, I’ve met the challenges head-on by finding economies in county government, maintaining essential services and making smart choices so we didn’t have to raise taxes. Preble County residents are taxed enough and I have opposed every attempt to raise taxes on Preble County families.
“During good times, I’ve been alert for opportunities to promote our #1 industry (agriculture), keep and expand existing businesses (like D&M Tool in Lewisburg) and attracting new businesses to Preble County (like world-renown box company Pratt Industries).
“Smart government is helping Preble County grow, but not-so-smart government, such as undesirable mandates, continues to present a constant challenge.
“Serving Preble County is a labor of love. I’m proud of the contributions I’ve made to smart government and a better future and I’m convinced there are even better times ahead,” Wesler said.
Local business owner and current Twin Township Trustee Rodney Creech also announced his candidacy earlier this year.
“I was born and raised in Preble County and I am very blessed to be the fourth generation to live and work on our family farm. My roots are very deep and that is just one reason why I love Preble County. Being raised on the family farm my foundation of honesty, good morals and a strong work ethic were developed.
“After graduating from Twin Valley South High School in 1995, I attended Morehead State University where I obtained a B.S. in Agronomy and Turf Sciences. After graduating from college I worked locally, farmed part-time, and was very fortunate to start a local business, Lawn Plus, in 2005.
“In 2007 I ran for, and was elected to, Twin Township Trustee, where I am currently serving my second term. This position has offered me the opportunity to continuously grow and learn more about our local government. I have regularly attended the Monday and Wednesday commission meetings since January 2013. Over the last several years I have questioned the handling of several key issues such as Goose Creek, the downsizing of the sheriff’s department, and landfill issues. I believe, with better planning and stronger community representation, these types of issues could be handled in a manner that would better serve us as citizens and local business owners.”