By Wayne Allen
Scioto County Commissioner Skip Riffe said Thursday he was surprised by the number of candidates seeking his seat.
Riffe announced last year his intentions to retire at the end of his current term this year.
“It (the number of people who have filed to run) is a little higher than what I thought. I thought there may be five total. Nine is a little more than what I imagined,” Riffe said.
Riffe was fist elected in 1990, and this will be the first time since 1947 that a Riffe will not be on an official ballot in Scioto County. Combining three generations, Vern Riffe Sr., Vern Riffe Jr. and Vern Riffe III have served over 80 years of elected public service.
Riffe initially announced his retirement in June of 2013, leaving one-year left on his current term. In October, he said he would dealy his previously announced retirement to complete his term, but would not seek re-election. Riffe said he was keeping an eye on the clock Wednesday because 4 p.m. was the filling deadline.
“When it got to be 3:53 p.m. I was thinking in seven minutes I’m officially not a candidate, this is it,” he said.
There were a total of nine people who have filed the necessary paperwork with the Scioto County Board of Elections to become candidates for the position. Among those who have filed petitions to be a democratic candidate are Don Hadsell, Donald Rachford, Gary Ray Mullins and David Malone. Those who have filed petitions to be a republican candidate include Steven Wilton (Will) Mault, Kent Madden, Michael Payton, Bryan Davis and Sean Boldman.
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