Dhume not running for re-election

David Dhume

(Posted Oct. 4, 2017)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

David Dhume, long time Madison County commissioner, will not run for re-election next year.

Dhume announced his intentions to the Madison County Republican Central Committee in a letter dated Oct. 2. He will complete his current term on Dec. 31, 2018, bringing him to a total of 22 years as commissioner.

“I love being county commissioner. I love representing the people of Madison County. The county has been good to me and my family. I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to serve,” Dhume said.

He was first appointed to the office in January 1997, taking over mid-term for Bob Edwards who retired. He then was elected to five consecutive four-year terms. Prior to his time as commissioner, he served 10 years as a Somerford Township trustee.

Dhume said he will be 68 years old by the end of 2018 and was not certain he could commit to another four-year term. He also said that he and his wife, JoAnn, want to be young enough to enjoy retirement.

The decision not to run for re-election was a difficult one, he said.

“It’s not easy to give up something you love doing so much,” he explained. “It’s important for me to know I spent the 20-some years in office and was able to prepare ourselves for the next thing that Madison County is going to be. It’s really been my goal to move the county forward.”

Dhume said he plans to remain active in community events and politics after his term expires.

He added that he made his decision not to run public at this time to give anyone who wants to run for the position time to prepare a campaign.

One county commissioner seat is up for election in the May 8, 2018, primary. The deadline to file petitions to run for the position is Feb. 7. For more information, contact the Madison County Board of Elections at (740) 852-9424.

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