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Deadline to file in 2012 comes to close, surprise candidates enter races

Published 9:48am Thursday, December 8, 2011


The general manager of the Ironton Liebert’s plant wants to be the county’s next treasurer.

On Wednesday, just hours before the March primary filing deadline Jerry Rowe II brought in his petitions for the race. Rowe, a Republican, will face County Treasurer Stephen Burcham in the November general election.

Attempts to contact Rowe by press time were unsuccessful.

The Democrat Burcham is trying for his third term as treasurer. The Proctorville native took office in 2004, beating Rod DePriest in that election. Burcham took over the post after the retirement of Kenneth Howell, a Republican who held the seat for almost 20 years.

The Burcham-Rowe match up will be one of two contested races on the county government side of the upcoming general election.

Incumbent County Commissioner Bill Pratt, a Republican, will face Carl Robinson in the November commission race. Pratt was named to commission in the spring after the election of Jason Stephens to County Auditor. Robinson is the son-in-law of former county commissioner and state representative Mark Malone.

The seat of Commission President Les Boggs is also up in 2012. However, Boggs is running unopposed in both the primary and general election.

Also running unopposed among the courthouse officer holders are Sharon Gossett Hager for County Recorder; Mike Patterson for Clerk of Courts and Doug Cade for County Engineer.

It will be a three-way race for the Republican nomination for Lawrence County Coroner. Dr. Kurt Hofmann, who is seeking his second term in that office, is facing challenges by two fellow G.O.P. members, Dr. Rudolfo Canos, an Ironton family practitioner and Dr. Kimberly Lauder, a family and emergency medical practitioner who lives in Chesapeake and works in Huntington, W.Va. No Democrats filed to run for that seat so whoever emerges from the three-way Republicanrace will be unopposed in November.

Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless will have no competition as he seeks his second term in office. No fellow Republicans and no Democrats filed to run against him. In his first bid for the job he now holds, his only opponent was Russell Bennett, who was then- Chesapeake police chief.

The sailing will be just as smooth for Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson, who is seeking to replace his boss, J.B. Collier Jr., when Collier retires at the end of 2012. No one, Democrat or Republican, filed to run against Anderson.

In the 90th District Ohio House of Representatives race, which covers the western part of Lawrence County, incumbent Republican, Dr. Terry Johnson has filed to seek a second term. Democrat John R. Haas, a Portsmouth city council member and attorney, is the lone Democrat in the race.

  • willow

    Could it be there were interested residents in running for office but the ‘party’ was unwilling to support them?

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  • mickakers

    Country; My compliments on a thought provoking post.

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  • Country

    It should not be up to a political party to go find a qualified person. If that person is not doing it for the right reasons which is for all of the people in Lawrence County then it is not right. Is it more improtant what party the person is for than what they will do on the job?

    I do not care what party the person is from as long as they do their job the right and fairly to all.

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  • Poor Richard

    Lawrence County Democrats are ineffective in providing county citizens with qualified candidates. Perhaps they are really republicans masquerading as democrats — that would certainly explain their impotence.

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  • law voter

    going to lunch gets a person a lot i guess?

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  • lc_Voter

    And apparently Stephen didn’t go to lunch with the CourtHouse gang enough to warrant a uncontested election.

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  • law voter

    Democratic party evidently has no leadership.

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  • lc_Voter

    Lawrence County Democratic Party = J-O-K-E! Way to hand them the election!

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