Barring write-in candidates, Union County voters will have a choice this November between two conservatives for one of three seats on the Union County Board of Commissioners.

Barring write-in candidates, Union County voters will have a choice this November between two conservatives for one of three seats on the Union County Board of Commissioners.

Incumbent Republican Gary Lee will compete with political newcomer Sarah Dingledine, an Independent, during the Nov. 2 general election.

Lee, 63, has served as a commissioner since 2003. Prior to that, he was national secretary of the American Soybean Association and was a 14-year member of the Union County Board of Elections. Lee is also a founding member of the Union County Community Foundation.

He said he is running for re-election in order to see the county through the current economic downturn.

"The reason I'm choosing to run is that I have a commitment to Union County - I think we have a lot of positive programs and plans going on, and I think we need to get through this economic crisis and be able to look forward to the future," Lee said. "I think in the next few years, I want to focus on the financial resources we have available to us today, and I want to work to find partnerships and alliances to make our resources go as far as possible to provide needed services for our county residents.

"What I'm saying is: No new taxes. It's been very clear that the taxpayers are saying at this time that they don't want new, additional taxes."

Lee, a Marysville resident, is the senior partner of Lee Farms. He and his wife, Marcia, have two sons, Ryan and Greg, who are also part of the farming operation. Lee received a degree in agriculture business and applied economics from Ohio State University.

Dingledine, 26, is making her first run for public office. She said she is a conservative independent who would bring a conservative fiscal policy to the job.

"I would say that right now, one of the main things missing in our current leadership is an actual connection to normal people in the community," Dingledine said. "I know what it's like to have to go to work every day for someone else, to have the same concerns as those in the community who have been laid off during this economy or have had a spouse laid off.

"A lot of people think that the current commissioners are out of touch," she said. "I'm not sure if a woman has ever run for the position, but I think that also might bring a different perspective."

Dingledine said she was moved to run for the office after her husband, a Union County Sheriff's deputy, was laid off earlier this year.

She currently works as the trade show coordinator for Marysville-based Univenture Inc. She earned a bachelor's degree in marketing management from Bob Jones University, a Christian college and seminary in Greenville, S.C.

More information about Lee can be found online at the Union County home page, www.co. union.oh.us.

More information about Dingledine can be found online at www.facebook.com, under "Sarah Dingledine for Union County Commissioner."