in local contested races speak to Darke County Republican Men's Club
Members & Guests
for introduction of Primary Candidates
Darke County Republican Men’s Club…
By Bob Robinson
The Brick Room at Brethren Retirement Community was nearly full
Saturday morning as Darke County Republican Men’s Club members and
interested citizens had an opportunity to meet the Republican
candidates they will be voting for in March.
The annual event is presented so voters will know the qualifications
and goals of the candidates. This year the Primary will have three
locally contested positions on the Republican Ballot: Darke County
Clerk of Courts, Darke County Juvenile Probate Judge and Darke County
Commissioner. Since the Primary by State Law is an opportunity for
Republican voters to choose their candidates for the General Election
in November, they will have to ask for the Republican Ballot.
Clerk of Courts
incumbent, said that while serving as Clerk of Courts, she has worked
to upgrade the computer system for storage of records and is currently
scanning documents so they will be available by computer search rather
than having to pull file folders.
She also noted that although workload has increased dramatically, her
number of employees has been reduced by one through attrition. She said
her staff was loyal and although occasionally an employee would leave
for a better opportunity in the private sector, they typically stayed
“I’m a fiscal conservative,” she said, “who is actively involved in the
community. I see that as part of my responsibilities as a public
servant.” She also noted that despite being a Republican she serves
equally all who enter her office, regardless of party.
challenger, was unable to attend the event. In an email Saturday to
County News Online, she said:
“I would like to thank you for inviting me to your club meeting for
meet the candidates. I am sorry that I am unable to attend.
I could not switch to have the day off of work. This election is very
important to me, as are my other current responsibilities, which
unfortunately, are not always conducive to a busy campaign schedule.
“I have a web site set up, the address is
www.amandafarley.wordpress.com. Again thank you for the invite
and I am truly sorry that I cannot attend.”
Juvenile Probate Judge
currently serving by appointment, said that Gov. Kasich appointed him
approximately 10 months ago. Upon assuming his duties he had about six
weeks to prepare his first budget.
He reorganized his office, cutting the budget by approximately
$130,000. He noted they were mostly services the office wasn’t using
He said the biggest challenge the office faced was substance abuse
among juveniles. They would be charged and usually waited two months
prior to seeing the judge, potentially with continued substance abuses.
“Now they are ordered into Drug Court every two weeks, along with their
parents. This increases their accountability.”
He added that his goal was to have the best and most efficient court
attorney, offered his background of real estate, probate and bankruptcy
practice in small and large firms, and in his own private practice. He
added that he was Judge Mike McClurg’s Magistrate for four years.
“My vision on the juvenile side is to nip the problem before it
occurs,” he said. “I will visit schools and see how we can reach
pre-teens to discourage dangerous behaviors.”
Detling noted that there was a shortage of guardians to serve as the
county’s population got older. He said he wanted to set up a program to
He also noted that there are two courts involved in families with
juveniles. If the couple is married, it is Judge (Jonathan) Hein’s
Common Pleas Court. If the parents aren’t married, it is in the
Juvenile Court. He said he felt it would be more efficient, long term,
to work to combine these two functions into a Family Court.
incumbent, said that in her first year as Commissioner she was involved
in two budget cuts due to declining revenue. As a result of continued
work on the county’s budget, “we now have a very healthy county.”
Delaplane said that due to a high Moody’s rating, the county was able
to refinance notes into bonds, saving the county $300,000 in interest.
The money was used to make needed repairs to county buildings.
“We have to be creative due to the continued loss of state funds,” she
said. She also noted that sales tax revenues have increased as more
people shopped in the county. She said that the county’s excellent
Economic Development program has been acknowledged by Dayton
Development and at the state level.
Delaplane said department heads have worked well together, helping the
county with its finances; noting also that the future of the county is
“in your hands.”
challenger, noted his background in finance, saying that he will
maintain a viable flow of income for Darke County and lessen expenses
The sixth generation Darke Countian is Chairman of the Darke County
Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee and has been listed as an
outstanding professional by the Darke County Chamber of Commerce for
the last three years.
“When I was on the Darke County Fuller Center for Housing, formerly the
Habitat for Humanity, we would meet once a month to pick which bills we
wanted to pay,” he said.
“When I left after nine years as president, we had $180,000 in the
Ward also said that he is a Greenville Township Volunteer Fire
Department Captain, noting his leadership capabilities and eagerness to
give back to the community.
opposed local and regional candidates also had an opportunity to
speak to the group:
Jim Buchy, State Representative; Mike Rhoades, Darke County
Commissioner; Jeff Welbaum, Second District Court of Appeals; and Kelly
Ormsby, Darke County Prosecutor.
Darke County Republican Club members also spoke on behalf of state and
federal candidates who were not present:
John Keller for Josh Mandell, U.S. Senator; Joe LeMaster for
Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum; and Ken Wombold for U.S.
Representative John Boehner.
County News Online sent out a questionnaire to each of the local
candidates in the contested primary. They were published last week.
With the exception of Aaron Ward, who chose not to respond, here are
the links for each of them:
For Amanda Farley, Clerk of Courts, click here
For Cindy Pike, Clerk of Courts, click here
For Jason Aslinger, Juvenile Probate Judge, click here
For Jim Detling, Juvenile Probate Judge, click here
For Diane Delaplane, Commissioner, click here
nearly full Brick Room heard twelve candidates or their spokespersons
seek voter support in the Primary.
Cindy Pike, Darke County Clerk of Courts
Jason Aslinger, Juvenile Probate Court
Jim Detling, Juvenile Probate Court
Diane Delaplane, Commissioner