Incumbent Republican Lake County Commissioner John R. Hamercheck is being challenged by Democrat John M. Rogers for his seat in the Nov. 3 general election.
Hamercheck was elected to the seat four years ago.
Rogers is currently the Ohio 60th District state representative and cannot run again for the seat due to term limits.
According to the Lake County Elections Board, 163,852 people are eligible to vote in the race as of Oct. 11. The position carries a term of four years and pays an annual salary of $95,202 for 2021.
The winning candidate will begin serving Jan. 3.
Here are some of the answers the candidates provided in response to questionnaires sent to them by The News-Herald:
If reelected, Hamercheck noted he would continue to focus on the local workforce.
“I will continue to build and enhance the Lake County Workforce Development Board to take it from one of the best in the state of Ohio to an organization that can make our workforce compete on international levels,” he said, adding he would also continue attracting investment.
Managing responsible government is also a top priority, he said.
“Through a blend of government service and business acumen, I will continue to bring grant opportunities to our local communities such as the unprecedented $1.5 million Commissioner Grant Program for community infrastructure projects.
“My servant style of leadership has allowed me to maintain a steady hand on the controls of government while building consensus among community leaders,” Hamercheck said. “I have and will continue to seek and secure funding such as the over $247 million in infrastructure projects that I have brought to Lake County.
“My style has been the perfect fit for the Census Complete Count Committee by building trust throughout the county, resulting in Lake County being among the top response counties in the state of Ohio as well as nationally,” he added. “I will continue to build Lake County as a safe place to work, live, and raise a family.”
John M. Rogers
If elected, Rogers said it is “imperative that local and county elected officials, together with department heads, begin to examine priorities and create plans to ensure constituent needs continue to be met.”
He also listed economic recovery from the novel coronavirus and addressing “the now infamous House Bill 6,” and mental health issues regarding incarcerated individuals as additional priorities.
Rogers noted another key factor to continued growth in manufacturing, and described Lake County as a “powerhouse” for the industry.
“The last Transportation Budget earmarked extensive funding for public transportation infrastructure,” he said. “Improvements, such as Laketran’s new routes, offer many people with access to transportation to and from work. Organizations such as the Alliance for Working Together and programs offered locally by Lakeland, Auburn Career Center, the School for Innovation, and others, prepare future employees with the skills to work in manufacturing or elsewhere.
“My experiences in the private sector, the not-for-profit sector and in the public sector — in the legislature and locally, have afforded me a perspective and a level of expertise for addressing the issues in Lake County that substantially differ from other candidates. My continued belief is that working with others is essential, regardless of party, because our constituents expect no less. Finding common ground forms the basis of success.”