Commissioner candidates participate in forum

Five candidates running for Clermont County commissioner participated in a forum held on the U.C. Clermont college campus Feb. 7.

The two-hour candidate forum, which was sponsored by the college and the Clermont County League of Women Voters, was attended by approximately 175 people and included Democrat Theresa Conover, Republican Ed Humphrey, Republican incumbent Mary Walker, Democrat Alex Lambros, and Republican Archie Wilson.

In all, two seats are up for the vote on March 4. Incumbents Mary Walker and Bob Proud are running to retain their seats; challengers from both the democrat and republican parties have filed to seek the two available positions. All of the registered candidates who met the Clermont County Board of Election’s filing deadline of Jan. 4 were asked to participate in the forum, but only five accepted the invitation.

Walker, who was first elected seven years ago, is running for the first time without a party endorsement. She came under fire from several of the challengers during the forum for the investigation currently being conducted by the Ohio Ethics Commission for voting to award a county contract to a business operated by her son last July.