By Wayne Allen
Wednesday was the filing deadline for interested candidates to have their name on the ballot for the upcoming primary election on May 6. The only race to appear on the primary ballot will be the race for Scioto County Commissioner which will be open after longtime Commissioner Skip Riffe retires at the end of the year with the completion of his term.
A total of nine people have filed their petitions with the Scioto County Board of Elections to run for Scioto County Commissioner — five republican candidates, and four democrats.
Among those who have filed petitions as a democratic candidate is area business owner Don Hadsell, when asked why he wants to run for commissioner, Hadsell said, “development, development, development and jobs for southern Ohio.” Hadsell said that as a resident of Scioto County, he has developed a love for the area and desire to see it prosper.
Donald Rachford, a 1973 graduate of Northwest High School and a Navy Veteran, is also a democrat candidate.
“I have owned and operated a small business. I’ve also worked in the construction industry for 30-plus years, working for many different companies frequently as superintendent, general foreman or as a steward. Through my experience I am confident I can work with business owners and the workforce in helping to bring economic growth to our county,” Rachford said.
Joining them is candidate Gary Ray Mullins, who said, “I am a recent cancer survivor, God gave me another chance and I want to use it to help revive my home, Scioto County. I have worked with, spoken on behalf of and helped promote small businesses, the backbone of our communities, as well as every imaginable civic group for the best part of 49 years. In doing so I have gained a great deal of knowledge concerning each individual business and their needs,” Mullins said in a released statement.
Former Portsmouth Mayor David Malone finished out the list of democrats. He said his motivation for running is, “my name is out there, I feel like I’ve done good job for the city and I just want to expand that countywide. I think I’ve worked well with the current commissioners, so I thought I would try to continue to work with them on a closer basis.”
Among those who have filed petitions to be a republican candidate is Steven Wilton Mault. He said there are a number of issues that need to be addressed within the county and if he is elected he will work to address, including unemployment.
“The best resource we (Scioto County) have is the people. I think we are mainly a hard working people, who are just unemployed,” Mault said.
Sean Boldmanis also running as a republican candidate, and when asked why he wants to be commissioner Boldman said, “we want to highlight the positive influences we have in this community, job creation and small businesses.”
Third is republican candidate Kent Madden.
“With the vacancy that’s going to occur there is someone that’s going to fill that seat. In the late (19)90’s I was a trustee in Porter Township and that really got me interested in how local government can impact the ordinary citizen.”
From New Boston Village Council, republican Michael Payton joined the race for commission. He said, if elected he could be in a position where he could not only help New Boston but all of Scioto County.
“I think the county is moving forward, and I want to be a bigger part of that,” Payton said.
Finishing out the list of republican candidates is Bryan Davis. He said this campaign has been a long time coming and is personal for him.
“This announcement has been a long time coming. This is personal for me, I have lived here the vast majority of my life. I want my children to work here and I want them to raise their families here. I may never get to see that, but when I leave this world I want for people to be able to say, Bryan Davis left it better than he found it,” Davis said.
The primary election will take place on May 6. Voters will be asked to select a republican and democrat candidate to proceed to the general election in November.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT