Incumbent Commissioner Gregory Simmons of Monroe Twp., a Republican, faces a primary challenge in March from Tipp City Mayor Joe Gibson, also a Republican.
Simmons is in his first four-year term on the commission. He is the former director of the West Central Juvenile Detention Facility. Gibson is a lawyer.
Four candidates — three Republicans and one Democrat — filed for a commission seat now held by longtime Commissioner Jack Evans of Monroe Twp. He chose not to run for another term after 17 years.
The Democratic candidate is Jack Bastian, a Piqua resident and business owner. The three Republicans who will face off in March are W. McGregor “Greg” Dixon Jr. of Newton Twp., Wade Westfall of Troy and Mark Williams of Staunton Twp. near Troy.
Dixon retired last year as the county Juvenile/Probate Court judge and previously was the Troy city law director. Westfall, a former commissioner in the late 1980s, is a businessman.
Filing to run for sheriff were incumbent Sheriff Dave Duchak of Troy, who is in his first term, and former deputy Paul Reece of Piqua. Both candidates are Republicans. Reece is former deputy in Miami and Montgomery counties and also holds the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Three in the Army and has worked in anti-terrorism and related areas.
Reece was one of four Republicans who sought the party nomination for sheriff four years ago. Duchak won that primary before defeating former sheriff’s chief deputy Joe Mahan, running as an independent, in the general election.
In another contested race, Ted Jones of Piqua filed as a Democratic write-in candidate for the 80th District Ohio House of Representatives seat held by Republican Jena Powell of Arcanum. She also filed for re-election.