ELYRIA — It was back in March when state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, first announced his plans to run for Lorain County commissioner next year.
Thursday, just two days after the general election, he solidified those plans by pulling petitions aimed a securing a place on the ballot in the upcoming May primary election.
He was the first such candidate to request the documents from the Lorain County Board of Elections.
Pulling petitions is a first step for any candidate. It allows them to garner a specific number of signatures from registered voters who, by signing, attest to supporting such a candidacy.
Lundy is serving in his last two years in the Ohio House of Representatives due to term limits,. He is seeking the seat held by county Commissioner Tom Williams, the three-member board’s lone Republican.
“I have always worked hard in Columbus to represent all of Lorain County, not just my state house district,” he said. “If given the opportunity to serve at home as a county commissioner, I can continue to fight for the families of Lorain County.”
A former reporter, Lundy has served as an Avon Lake city councilman and was assistant safety-service director in Elyria under former Mayor Bill Grace. He previously ran for county commissioner in 1994, but lost in the primary to now-retired Commissioner Betty Blair.
Williams, who lives in Amherst, said he plans to seek re-election. He has previously said his record and reputation will speak for itself in the upcoming campaign.