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Blakeman to seek county commissioner seat in 2020

LISBON — Columbiana Mayor Bryan Blakeman has filed candidacy petitions to run for county commissioner in 2020.

Blakeman, who is in his second term as mayor, filed petitions Tuesday at the county elections board seeking the Republican nomination in the March 17 primary election. He is running for the commissioner seat currently occupied by Commissioner Tim Weigle, also a Republican.

Weigle said he remains undecided about seeking a third term.

There are two county commissioner seats up in 2020, with the other belonging to Republican Jim Hoppel, who is in his record fifth term, making him the longest-serving commissioner in county history. Salem City Councilman Roy Paparodis intends to seek the Republican nomination for Hoppel’s seat, according to a post on the county Republican Party’s Facebook page.

Also filing candidacy petitions so far are county Drug Task Force Director Brian McLaughlin, seeking the Republican nomination for county sheriff, and U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, who is seeking re-election.

The other positions up for election this year are county prosecutor, county clerk of courts, county recorder, county treasurer, county engineer, county coroner, state representative and several statewide elected positions.

The filing deadline is Dec. 18, which is about two months earlier than normal because Ohio moved its primary election up so the state could play a role in the presidential primaries.

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