Left: Outgoing county commissioner Maggie Thurber
(Toledo, OH) As first reported on 1370 WSPD, Lucas County Commissioner Maggie Thurber will not seek another term in the November election.
Thurber said that the decision was made "late last year," and that she would likely not seek another office for "at least four years."
She cited the toll that a high-profile political life has taken on her and her family as the reason for her decision. Thurber also said that she made the decision with state and local GOP leaders.
This leaves the seat without an incumbent, and I expect an all-out war between the "A" Team, "B" Team, and the Republicans for this coveted post.
I had an email exchange with Maggie the other day, and she mentioned she would be out of town tomorrow; I failed to make the connection to the significance of the electoral filing deadline.
George Sarantou will likely be the GOP frontrunner, although I once thought he would run for mayor of Toledo in 2009. Ben Konop, Toledo City Councilman Phil Copeland and Maumee Mayor Tim Wagener are the leading declared Democrats.
Addendum, 10:24 PM: Lisa Renee at Liberal Common Sense astutely noted that the Toledo Free Press has the entire text of Maggie's announcement.