March 2 special election set for Washington board seat

With Washington County District 3 Supervisor Abe Miller stepping down this week, a special election has been set for March 2 to fill his seat.

After Miller announced his plans to resign in late December, a commission made up of County Auditor Dan Widmer, Treasurer Jeff Garrett and Recorder Jo Greiner had the option to make an appointment to the Board of Supervisors or call for a special election.

“We felt, as a commission, it was important to give everyone in the supervisor’s district the chance to vote,” Widmer said. “Everyone will be able to have a say in who is representing them.

“I hope everyone takes advantage of that.”

District 3 runs along the southern portion of Washington County from Brighton Township east to the county line, then north to just outside of Riverside.

The county Republican and Democratic parties will hold conventions to nominate candidates to run in the special election.

In addition, any resident of District 3 wishing to run with no party affiliation can pick up nomination papers at the Auditor’s Office.

Widmer said those people must collect at least 32 signatures from voters in District 3 and submit their nomination petition by the end of business on Feb. 5.

Widmer said that there has been a lot of interest from potential candidates.

“I have heard from several people interested in the position,” Widmer said. “Personally, I’ve had four people tell me they’re interested in running.”

The candidate that is elected on March 2 will serve out the remainder of Miller’s term, which expires in 2022.