WEST UNITY — Bart Westfall threw his hat in to the ring Tuesday afternoon and has formally announced his candidacy for Williams County Commissioner.
He first made the announcement on his Facebook page, saying, “After all the positive encouragement from several key Republicans, friends and business colleagues, I am all in.”
He filed his nominating petition as a Republican candidate with the county board of elections on Tuesday, elections director Evan Raub confirmed. He joins Dan Yahraus and Debra Holbrook Beevers as Republican candidates to replace outgoing commissioner Brian Davis in the Nov. 2 General Election. Davis served four consecutive terms as county commissioner and will not seek reelection.
“I don’t have an agenda and I don’t have a problem with what the current commissioners are doing,” Westfall said. “I have been considering this for some time and the time is right. I have 41 years experience in the business community and public service, and I think it will be a nice mix to fill that spot.”
Westfall, 61, is an auctioneer and Realtor with Wilson Auction & Realty Co. for the past 11 years and prior to that was with Westfall Realty in West Unity. He has served as a volunteer with Williams County Pheasants Forever Chapter 283 and with Sara’s Friends Inc. in Bryan; is on the Williams County Republican Party Central Committee; is a past member and past president of the West Unity Chamber of Commerce; has served on committees with the Ohio Association of Realtors and the Ohio Auctioneer’s Association and serves as President of the Millcreek West Unity Foundation.
“Home and real estate is the largest one-time single investment most people will ever make, and people have entrusted me with that for 41 years,” he said. “I’m pro-Williams County and this a way to give back to the entire community in general. I think it’s time to do this and I’m looking forward to it.”
Westfall emphasizes he does not intend to retire and will remain a Realtor and auctioneer, since his real estate and auction schedule is “flexible.”
The next step in his campaign is a candidate webpage, which he said will be a place “where people can visit, share and post comments.
“I’ve been enthused by all of the positive encouragement from all over the county and outside it,” Westfall said.