Jim Stover, Republican, candidate for District 1 Summit County Commissioner
Jim Stover, 65
District 1 Summit County Commissioner
Bob French, Democrat
Jim Stover, a Republican who lives near Breckenridge, is a 12-year resident originally from eastern Pennsylvania.
“I’m the product of hard-working, encouraging parents who worked side by side in a country hotel business,” he said.
Lindstrom recently said the job of county commissioner is based in planning and land-use issues, two skills Stover said he offers as a candidate. He studied business management and marketing at Pennsylvania State University during night school in the early 1960s while working for flow-metering manufacturer, Emerson Electric. He worked his way up to the rank of division manager after 17 years with Ametek.
In 1974, he started a small business specializing in the sale and service of flow automation products to major pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers, as well as wastewater treatment facilities.
In 2001, Stover opened Stone Solutions, a granite countertops manufacturing and installation business.
Stover and his wife, Paula, have six children ranging in age from 30 to 46.
Jim Stover, a Republican who lives near Breckenridge, will challenge Democrat Bob French for the District 1 seat on the Summit Board of County Commissioners in the Nov. 2 general election.
Summit County Republicans nominated Stover to run on the party ticket, a unanimous decision made by the party’s vacancy committee.
The District 1 seat is held by French, who was appointed by his party in July when former Commissioner Gary Lindstrom resigned to accept an appointment to the state House of Representatives. November’s election provides an opportunity for local Republicans to regain majority representation on the three-member board.
Stover, 65, is chairman of the Upper Blue Planning Commission and serves on the Breckenridge Sanitation District board.
He said important campaign issues include fiscal responsibility, land-use planning, water, the economy, transportation, health services, housing, education and government cooperation on all levels.
Stover said he supports long-range planning models.
“It’s a form of self-discipline that offers tremendous advantages in planning and allows you to be proactive instead of reactive,” Stover said.
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