Longtime Allen County Commissioner Linda Bloom will not seek reelection, according to the candidate seeking to replace her.
Bloom will support Rich Beck, president of the Allen County Redevelopment Commission, who will officially announce his candidacy Thursday. Beck said Bloom will join him for the announcement.
Bloom could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.
Beck is a senior vice president at STAR Financial Bank. He's also a member of the sheriff’s reserve.
"Rich Beck is an outstanding leader and has many of the skills necessary to administer county government," said Steve Shine, Allen County Republican Party chairman.
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