Pickerington City Councilman Jeff Fix filed his petition Feb. 6 to run in the May primary election as a Republican candidate for a seat on the Fairfield County Board of Commissioners.

Fix, 52, is a 13-year member of Pickerington City Council and is in his fifth term as council president.

He will face former Pickerington school board member Lisa Reade for the Republican nomination.

The winner of the Republican primary race will square off in November against Leah Hackleman-Good, who is running unopposed in the Democratic party primary.

Fix and Reade filed to run for a seat held by fellow Republican Mike Kiger, whose fourth term in office will expire at the end of this year.

Kiger's seat is the only one on the three-member board of commissioners up for election this year.

Kiger is not running in the primary because of health reasons, according to Republican party officials.

Fix, chairman of the Fairfield County Republican Party, said he is confident he is well-suited to serve in the office, which is a primary reason he is throwing his hat into the countywide ring.

"I have a very good idea of what I think the biggest issues facing the county are, and I'm pretty comfortable that I'm the right person to serve this office," Fix said.

"Over my years of public service, I've gained a lot of experience and I have an understanding of how to deal with issues as they come up.

"I know I can win a primary, I know I can win a general election and I know I will be a good commissioner."

Fix said Kiger contracted pneumonia in December.

He said he would step aside if Kiger becomes healthy enough at a later time to seek a fifth term.

That would be possible because the Fairfield County Republican Party Central Committee could appoint Kiger to run for commissioner if there's an opening on the ballot because of a candidate bowing out.

"The Central Committee has agreed that if there's an opening on the ballot, they would choose Mike Kiger," Fix said. "I'm willing to step aside if Mike returns to health."

The filing date for all candidates to run in the May 8 primary was Feb. 7.

Candidates won't officially be placed on the primary ballot unless they are certified by the board of elections. That process is expected to be completed by Feb. 19.

During his City Council tenure, Fix has been president of council's rules, safety and service committees.

He is on the boards of both the Fairfield County Opiate Task Force and Tyler's Light, the Pickerington-based drug awareness and prevention organization.

Fix is president of the nonprofit children's charity Mercator Club of Columbus, and he oversees business development for RDP Foodservice.

Fix's term on council is scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2022.

If Fix wins the Republican primary in May and is also elected to the board of commissioners in the November general election, he would not take that office until January 2019.

His seat on council would be filled through an appointment made by a majority vote of Pickerington City Council, and the replacement would be appointed to serve through the end of 2019.

The November 2019 election would determine who would fulfill the remainder of the term.

"The vacancies, it's all done by (city) charter," said Philip Hartmann, Pickerington law director. "It would be a two-year term following the election."

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