POMEROY — “I’ve been pleased to serve two terms as commissioner, and there are still a few things I would like to do, so if you think I’ve done a good job so far, please sign my petition to become a candidate.”
With those words, Meigs County Commissioner Tim Ihle formally announced his intent to seek re-election during the Republican Bean Dinner at Mulberry Community Center last Thursday.
Ihle plans to be on the ballot in the May 8 primary, and said the petition is not due until February 7, but since he had made the decision to run, he wanted to get started obtaining the necessary signatures.
“I think we (referring to commissioners Randy Smith and Mike Bartrum) make a good team, and I guess I would like to keep the team together a little longer. I feel we have accomplished a lot so far, but as I said, there is still work to be done.”
Ihle is a Meigs County native who grew up in Racine and worked on farms in Letart Falls during the summer. After graduating from Southern High School, he worked in the county before relocating briefly to Colorado. He returned to pursue housing construction with Valley Lumber, then pursued a career as a brakeman for Conrail in Pennsylvania and New York.
When Ihle and his wife Jane returned to Meigs, they built and ran the By the Way grocery story for eight years before returning again to construction.
Ihle made a successful bid for the office of County Commission in 2010 and took office in 2011.
In addition to his responsibilities as commissioner, he and his wife “own and operate and share a farm with beef cattle, riding horses and lots of wild critters” near Langsville.
Lorna Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.