Candidates seek to replace Foley on Montgomery County commission

Candidates are lining up to replace Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley, a Democrat who is not running for re-election in 2018.

Nominating petitions have been filed at the Montgomery County Board of Elections by Daryl Ward, a Democrat and senior pastor of Omega Baptist Church in Dayton, and former Miami Twp. Trustee Bob Matthews, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully against Commissioner Judy Dodge in 2016.

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Petitions also have been obtained from the board by Montgomery County Treasurer Carolyn Rice, a Democrat, and Joshua Smith, a Dayton Republican, according to Jan Kelly, director of the the board. People can obtain petitions elsewhere so it is not known who else may be passing nominating petitions.

The filing deadline is Feb. 7.

Rice said she enjoys her job as treasurer but wants to bring her “experience and track record” to the commission.

“I think the county faces great challenges given all that’s happening with the state legislature and what the federal government is doing to local governments,” said Rice, who was re-elected treasurer in 2016.

Ward said he is running because he wants to bring people together.

“I have no history of being a politician or elected official, but I do believe I can bring a fresh voice rooted in common sense to how we meet the challenges of our community,” said Ward.

Matthews hopes to bring a Republican voice to the all-Democratic commission.

“I still think we need some more business-type leadership,” said Matthews, who stepped down as township trustee in March because he took a project management job with a Cincinnati law firm that did business with Miami Township.

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Smith could not be reached for comment.

Petitions for the county clerk of courts have been taken out by two people, Clerk of Courts Russ Joseph, a Democrat, and Mike Foley, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for the job in 2012.

Longtime clerk Greg Brush had been re-elected in 2016 but retired to take a job in Hamilton County. Whoever wins the race will serve out his term, which ends in 2020.

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Joseph, was selected by the Montgomery County Democratic Party central committee to replace Brush until the job is filled by someone voters pick in November.

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