GREENFIELD — John Jessup is defending his first term as a conservative voice on the county council while two challengers say they have plenty to offer in representing Hancock County’s largest district.
Jessup is being challenged by Jeannine Gray and Monty Zapf for the District 1 Republican nomination May 6. If no Democratic or minor-party candidates file later this summer, the winner of the three-way GOP race will represent the county’s largest geographic district, which covers mostly rural areas in the northern and eastern-most townships.
Jessup says his dedication to the rural residents should bode well for him come Election Day. Jessup, a Shirley resident, points to several initiatives in which he was vocal for rural interests, including roadwork and public safety spending. He also says he’s been fiscally conservative in spending. But Gray and Zapf say they have ideas of their own to improve county finances for the next four years.
Jessup, 39, is completing his first term on the council.
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