Thursday, December 18, 2014

Longtime principal challenging incumbent for commissioner seat

By The Herald Staff | 3/3/2014

An outgoing school administrator is dialing into the race for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.

Randy Renoud is challenging incumbent Don Stottlemire for the board’s 5th District seat.

He and Stottlemire currently are the only candidates in the Republican primary matchup.

“The growth I think in Franklin County is going to be in the north, or at least in the eastern part, with Vermont Road,” Renoud said Monday. “It is easy access and people come up from Lane, Rantoul. I think we are in the part of the county that is growing, and I want to make sure we are well-represented and our resources in the county are used effectively.”

While Renoud said he doesn’t have one specific goal going into the race, he hopes to help bring Internet capabilities to rural areas of the county, he said.

“I think I have a background in the public sector more than the private, and I think that is important when you are working with county government,” he said. “Again, I think county resources [should be distributed] the best and most efficient way possible, whatever that may be. I don’t have any axe to grind. I don’t have anything that I’m saying this is my one big goal. I am going in with my eyes open. I guess, if I have one goal, it is high-speed Internet for rural people. I think everybody in the county should have access to technology. It is a critical part of our society.”

Renoud now serves as Wellsville Elementary School principal, but announced in October his resignation plans and will be leaving the district after 44 years at the end of the school year, according to The Herald’s archives.

Three Franklin County Board of Commission seats are open this year, including the 5th District seat; as well as the 4th District position, currently held by Steve Harris, board chairman, who already has formally filed for re-election; and the 1st District seat held by Colton Waymire, board vice chairman, who also has formally filed for re-election.

Three Pomona City Council seats now held by Rick Smith, Dan Keith and Richard Adler also are up for election in 2014. Jerry Slavens, Billy Lloyd, Rick Smith, Richard Adler and Dan Keith have formally filed in that race, Janet Paddock, Franklin County clerk, said.

The state and county primary election is set for August 2014 with the general election in November 2014.

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