Bailiff, probation officer seeks commissioner seat

By Lorna Hart -

Larry Tucker

Larry Tucker

POMEROY — Larry Tucker is seeking the Republican nomination for Meigs County Commissioner in the March 15 primary.

He is currently serving as bailiff and probation officer in the Meigs court system and as a night correction officer with the Middlport Jail. Also, he also served as president of the Meigs Local School District board.

“This is my third term as president of the Meigs board,” Tucker said. “I have experience working with public issues by being on the board. I have dealt with unions, budgets, personal decisions, sporting events and major construction projects while in office.

“With school board issues, you have to see both sides and deal with issues using facts instead of assumptions.”

If elected as commissioner, Tucker said he plans to continue to serve on the school board, and that according to information he received from Attorney General Mike DeWine, there is no conflict with serving on the school board and being a county commissioner.

Tucker said he was approached by former judge Rick Crow to serve as bailiff in the Meigs Court of Common Pleas and has worked under four judges in the court of common pleas.

“Each time there is a change in judges, I’m required to be interviewed by each. The term is not automatically renewable. So far, each judge has decided to keep me on.”

Asked about plans for the county if elected commissioner, Tucker said he would like to get more people involved with the Meigs County Historical Society and Museum and work with the areas schools to teach more county history. He also stated he would “stand strong” for veterans and farmers.

“Veterans needs should be attended to, and I want to do whatever is necessary to assist them,” he said. “If it were not for veterans, we wouldn’t be here today.”

He went on to say, “Meigs County needs a full-time extension agent, and I plan to make it a priority to get and keep someone in that office.”

A lifelong resident, Tucker has a variety of experiences working in the county, including owner of the Pomeroy Flower Shop, delivery driver for Borden’s/Valley Bell and working at Ferrell Gas in sales and delivery.

He has lived in the same house he grew up in with his wife, Wendy, for 31 years. They have two sons, and he was an active volunteer as a youth baseball coach, 4H advisor and assistant Boy Scout leader.

“I’m proud of being able to oversee five successful Eagle Scouts,” he said.

Tucker is a third-generation Masonic Lodge member, his family having been member for four generations. He also serves on the Ohio School Board Association, whose lobbying efforts promote southeastern Ohio schools.

“My philosophy is be kind to people and they will be kind to you. I learned kindness to the elderly early on when I worked at Rocksprings Nursing home while I was in high school, and I believe the elderly and veterans have a lot to teach our youth.”

Tucker is challenging incumbent Randy Smith in the March 15 Primary for Meigs County commissioner.

Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext.2551.

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By Lorna Hart