Candidate filings for May primary produce yawns, some drama

Therese Brown
Rich Beck

Friday’s noon filing deadline for candidates in the May primaries produced its share of surprises, especially in the Republican primary.

Although incumbent Republican 2nd District Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown is unopposed and no Democrat filed, the 3rd District Commissioner race features two Republicans trying to succeed longtime incumbent Linda Bloom, who declined to seek re-election. In that race, local banker and county Redevelopment Commission Chairman Rich Beck is challenged by Chris Spurr, while Walmer Grant is the lone Democrat on the ballot.

County Council features two contested races. In the 2nd District, incumbent Republican Tom Harris will face Brian Motley in the Republican primary, while Dave Augenstein is challenging incumbent Joel Benz in the 3rd District GOP primary. Democrat Ben Schoch is running in the 2nd District, and the party has no candidate in the 3rd.

In the First District, incumbent Sharon Tucker — the seven-member council’s lone Democrat — will face the only Republican candidate, Kim Doster. Incumbent Republican Larry Brown is unopposed in the 4th District, where there is no Democratic candidate.

Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards, a Republican, is also seeking re-election.

In Aboite Township, meanwhile, longtime Trustee Barb Krisher is not seeking re-election and is instead running as one of four Republican board candidates, along with two Democrats.

St. Joseph Township may provide some especially interesting races, with incumbent Trustee Sarah Gnagy challenged by three other Republicans, including Fire Chief David Ringer. No less than 16 candidates are seeking election to the board — 12 of them Republicans.