Within days of the seat becoming vacant, two individuals have thrown their hats into the ring for 5th District county commissioner.
The resignation of Lori Judkins was accepted by the Warren County Commission on July 20. Qualifying papers were available July 21.
Quick at the gate to fill the unexpired term were Ben Myers and Brad T. Hillis. Residents of that district have until Aug. 20 at 12 p.m. to qualify.
“I’m excited to be running for the open seat on the County Commission in the 5th District,” said Myers. “I feel that Warren County needs strong leadership right now and that I have the experience to help our community and work cooperatively with the other commissioners and county leaders. My family has called Warren County home for more than 150 years.”
Myers founded Panther Creek Forestry, a full-service forestry consulting firm, in 2002.
This is his opponent’s first run for office after picking up qualifying papers before, but deciding not to run.
“I want to have more free time to dedicate to it,” said Hillis on his reason for waiting. “This will give me the opportunity to give something back and do something positive for the people of the county. Warren County is a good place to be and live. I want to do my part to help it move forward so it can be a place for our children and our grandchildren can be proud of.”
Hillis has spent 32 years delivering for UPS in Warren County and surrounding counties.
The vacancy will be placed on the November ballot. Whomever is elected will serve until August 2022 when all Warren County Commission seats will be up for grabs.