Democrat challenges Wallace |

Democrat challenges Wallace

Summit Daily/Reid Williams Barbara Crandall, a Summit County resident for two decades, has announced she will run against incumbent County Commissioner Bill Wallace in the Democratic primary.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Democrat Barb Crandall is challenging Summit County Commissioner Bill Wallace in his re-election campaign in District II.Crandall, who has lived full time in Summit County for 20 years, announced her bid for office Wednesday night at a Summit County Democrat meeting in Frisco. The Summit Cove resident petitioned onto the Democrat primary ballot late in the county’s political process.

“I saw a few jaws drop (at the Democrat meeting),” Crandall said. “A few people said they were pleased because they want to see another candidate running for county commissioner.”One of the main reasons Crandall said she is running is that races for county commissioner are rarely contested. County candidates should discuss county issues just as town candidates do in hotly contested elections, she said.”I feel that if Bill wants another four years, he needs this opportunity to tell people why he should be re-elected,” Crandall said.

Wallace made it through the county assembly season this spring unopposed by any Democrats or Republicans. Now Wallace and Crandall will face off in the Democrats’ Aug. 10 primary.After Summit Democrats choose Wallace or Crandall, the winner will face Green Party challenger Tom Castrigno on the November ballot.

Wallace was a little surprised about Crandall’s candidacy, but he welcomed it.”This is the American way,” Wallace said. “It’s unfortunate she did not go through the caucus process, but it’s her right to do it the way she wants to.”Crandall submitted 19 signatures from county voters who support her candidacy, said the Summit County Clerk’s office. According to state statute formula, Crandall only needed 17 signatures, or 20 percent of the votes cast at the Democrat primary for Wallace’s previous campaign.

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