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To the editor:

My name is Eric Timmons, and I want to introduce myself to the people of Jefferson County.

On Wednesday, I was the first candidate to submit the petition to get on the ballot for Jefferson County commissioner. Needless to say, I am excited and eager to campaign for this great opportunity. I am a 45-year-old assistant vice president and business banker for WesBanco. My parents moved to Steubenville in 1981 when I was 5. I attended Buena Vista Elementary School, Harding Middle School and Steubenville High School, where I graduated in 1994.

I also graduated cum laude from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. I am currently president of the Jefferson Kiwanis Youth Soccer Club, 3rd Ward councilman for the city of Steubenville (sixth year), treasurer of A Caring Place, board member of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, member of the Steubenville Kiwanis Club, member of the OMEGA Revolving Loan Committee, secretary of the Jefferson County Soccer Officials Association, a high school soccer official, husband to Katie and father to 2-year-old Theodora. I’ve also been involved with mentoring, the Urban Mission Jobs for Life Program, United Way allocations, high school mock interviews at Indian Creek and several other activities. In my spare time, I enjoy watching sports and fishing with my wife and daughter at Jefferson State Lake and Friendship Park, or hiking in Beatty Park.

I decided to get involved in politics because I want to see my daughter, nephew (Camden), and niece (Mila) grow up without the issues that currently affect our county. I want to see Jefferson County retain our talented students and young people. All of our schools should offer the best education and opportunities possible, not just a select few. We should be as business friendly as possible and open to investment. This will come from furthering partnerships with the Jefferson County Port Authority and other state organizations. I will believe the less government regulations, the better. I am pro-life, pro-gun, pro-law enforcement and for less government and taxes. When I grew up they called me “Mr. CNN” in elementary school because instead of watching cartoons, I watched the news. Today it would be “Mr. Fox News.”

When I started in politics, I swore I would not be one of those politicians who you only hear from at election time. Like it or not, you’ll see me and I’ll be involved. I take every issue and call seriously. You may not always like my answer, but I will do my best for the citizens of Jefferson County.

I can promise that. I look forward to traveling throughout the county, as I hope to earn your vote. Please stop by if you see me out and about. I look forward to talking with you and making Jefferson County the best county it can be.

Eric Timmons

Steubenville

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