Longtime Pickerington City Council member Jeff Fix has announced his plans to run for Fairfield County commissioner, but he could withdraw his candidacy if an incumbent returns to health.

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

He has filed his petition with the Fairfield County Board of Elections and said he is confident he’s well-suited to serve the office.

“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.”

The health of a current county commissioner, Mike Kiger, led Fix to pursue the countywide office.

Kiger, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who became a quadriplegic after a tractor accident in 1986, was diagnosed with pneumonia in December, Fix said, and his ability to run for re-election is questionable.

Fix, who is chairman of the Fairfield County Republican Party, said he’s stepping up because he believes he is qualified and can win the election.

However, 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 due to a candidate bowing out.

The filing date for all candidates to run in the May 8 primary is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Read the full story in the Feb. 15 edition of ThisWeek Pickerington Times-Sun.