The Republican primary for the Warren County Commission is a crowded one after five candidates filed the necessary paperwork to vie for the nomination.
The big surprise at the filing deadline on Thursday, is that the presumptive Democratic candidate for the seat did in fact file the necessary paperwork...to run as a Republican.
Carlisle Mayor Tim Humphries, a Democrat, decided to run in the crowded Republican primary instead of automatically receiving the Democratic nomination in an uncontested primary. Humphries has not yet explained his decision.
Humphries joins a Republican primary with several big-named candidates. Former Warren County Sheriff Tom Ariss and former Mason Mayor Tom Grossman headline the primary contest to replace the outgoing commissioner Mike Kilburn who is running for Congress in the 2nd District of Ohio.
Joining Humphries, Ariss and Grossman are Union Township Trustee Chris Koch and Turtlecreek Township resident Sandra Tugrul. As reported here, Chris Koch is running as a "Tea Party Republican".
Humphries' change of parties is just the lastest in a line of odd behavior for the Carlisle Mayor. As has been previously reported, He recently had felony criminal charges related to a road rage incident dismissed against him only because police officers from his own city failed to show for court.
The road rage incident came after an investigation into Humphries for what was thought to be child pornography found on his work computer. The Carlisle city attorney reported that material found on Humphries' city-owned computer as well as on his personal computer contains more than 200 images that "clearly reflect young males engaged in sexual activity." The young males, however, could not be proven to be under age.
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