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Wednesday, November 01, 2017 1:00 am

Bloom not expected to run again

In 6th term as commissioner

RON SHAWGO | The Journal Gazette

Longtime Allen County Commissioner Linda Bloom will not seek re-election, according to the candidate wanting to replace her.

Bloom will support Rich Beck, president of the Allen County Redevelopment Commission, who will officially announce his candidacy for the 3rd District seat Thursday. Beck said Bloom will join him for the announcement.

Bloom could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon. The primary election is May 8.

Beck is 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.

Bloom became the first woman elected to the three-member board in 1994. She is serving her sixth consecutive term as commissioner.

Bloom has a long history in county government. She joined the staff of the Allen County assessor's office in 1978 and was elected Allen County treasurer in 1980. She was elected Allen County auditor in 1986.

Beck, 65, cited his work with the redevelopment commission and said his banking background would be a plus for county economic development. He also said the county would benefit from his work with the sheriff's reserve, because a major part of county administration involves keeping the county safe.

“I'm in the retirement red zone, and I'm not ready to retire,” Beck said.