GOP committee endorses candidates for primary

Staff report

SIDNEY — The vote is in and the Shelby County Republican Central Committee has announced whom they are endorsing in the March 15 presidential primary. The committee met Monday, Feb. 8, to vote on endorsements.

“Candidates are held to a very high standard when they meet with us. We are looking for candidates that are responsive to the community, work well with others and are true leaders among their peers,” said Executive Chairman Julie Ehemann.

Each candidate was given the opportunity to speak to the committee and to answer questions. At the conclusion of the presentations, the committee voted by secret ballot. A super majority of two-thirds of the votes cast was required for a candidate to receive an endorsement.

The candidates receiving endorsement were:

• Pat Fischer, candidate for Justice of the Supreme Court.

• Jim Jordan, of Urbana, U.S. Representative 4th District.

• William R Zimmerman, of Sidney, candidate for Judge of the Third District Court of Appeals.

• Becky Engel, of Bellefontaine, candidate for State Central Committee 12th Senate District.

• Matt Huffman, of Lima, candidate for State Senator 12th District.

• Anthony Bornhorst, of Fort Loramie, Shelby County Commissioner.

• Robert Guillozet, of Sidney, Shelby County Commissioner.

• Timothy Sell, of Sidney, Shelby County Prosecutor.

• Michele Mumford, of Sidney, Shelby County Clerk of Courts.

• John Lenhart, of Jackson Center, Shelby County Sheriff.

• John Coffield, of Sidney, Shelby County Treasurer.

• Dr. A. David McDonald, of Sidney, Shelby County Coroner.

Huffman will face Sidney resident John Adams for the State Senate 12th District seat during the primary election.

Fisher will face Colleen Mary O’Toole for the Republican nod for the Justice of the Supreme Court.

Zimmerman will face off against fellow Republicans Richard Henry Palau, of Tiffin, and Amy Ikerd, of Celina.

Stephen R. Shaw, of Elida, is running unopposed for a second Court of Appeals judge’s seat. He is the incumbent.

The State Central Committee 12th Senate District has two races — one for women and one for men. Engel is opposed in the primary S. Ranea Lentz, of Bellefontaine. The other seat is being sought by by Keith Cheney, of Lima, and Frank Reams, of Zanesfield.

Nino Vitale, of Urbana, is unopposed for the State Representative 85th District seat. The incumbent wasn’t endorsed by the local committee because he didn’t receive a two-thirds vote, said Ehemann.

Staff report