County commission candidate filing deadline approaching

A veteran member of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has announced his bid for re-election to a fourth, two-year term.

Meanwhile, a former state legislator and current member of the Sturgis City Commission is contemplating a run of his own for the county board.

Dennis Allen, presently in his sixth year as a county commissioner, said he is eager to serve at least one more term.

Sturgis City Commission member Aaron Miller, on the other hand, said he is weighing his options and debating whether to seek a return to the city board after his current term expires in November, or make a run for the county commission as representative of a newly created district. Miller most recently completed a six-year run as state representative of the 59th District.

With once-a-decade redistricting complete, St. Joseph County Commission will grow from five to seven members beginning Jan. 1. To date, former commissioner and state legislator Rick Shaffer is the only candidate to file for what will be the newly created Second District. It is comprised of Florence and Lockport townships, and portions of Fabius Township and Three Rivers.

At the moment, Miller is the only potential candidate for the newly created District 7. It is comprised of Burr Oak and Fawn River townships, portions of Colon and Sturgis townships, and a small part of Sturgis.

Allen is a 66-year-old Centreville resident. Miller, 34, lives in Sturgis.

Candidates have through April 19 to file for the August primary election.

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