Rittenhouse named ‘acting’ commissioner of Clark County
The Clark County Commission may appoint an acting commissioner pending the Republican Central Committee’s decision on an acting appointment, Commissioner Melanie Flax Wilt said Wednesday.
“I have known Sasha personally for many years and watched her grow as a leader, and I am thrilled to work with another farmer, businesswoman and mother on behalf of our community,” said Flax Wilt.
The Clark County Republican Party is expected to select an interim commissioner to serve out the remainder of Lohnes’ term later this month, the county said in a news release.
Rittenhouse previously served as president of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association – the first woman to hold the title in the association’s nearly 70-year history. Her experience working as a liaison between association members and lawmakers, Rittenhouse said, was very rewarding and inspired her to look to public service as a way to serve her home county.
She operates a few farming businesses with her husband, where she handles payroll and other administrative responsibilities and also takes care of the livestock.
Rittenhouse is a graduate of Northwestern High School, Clark State Community College, and Ohio State University. She is also a member of the Clark County 4H and FFA Beef and Clark County Livestock Producers Committee, and she recently served on the Clark County Fairgrounds Strategic Planning Task Force, according to a statement. Clark County Press Office.
Rittenhouse lives in Pike Township. with her husband Scott and three children, Lara, Lexi and Rylan.
Rittenhouse fills the seat vacated by Rick Lohnes, who retired this week.
During his 12 years on the board, Lohnes — who retired as commander of the Ohio National Guard’s 178th Wing in 2008 — served as chairman of the board from 2011 to 2019. He worked with six different curators, including John Detrick, David Hartley, Flax Wilt, Lowell McGlothin, David Herier and John Maurer.
Earlier this year, Lohnes chose not to seek re-election, withdrawing his petition to run in the May 3 primary for the Clark County Board of Elections. Four candidates – Sasha Rittenhouse, William Lindsey, Mike Lowrey and Rich Holt – ran for his seat in the May 3 primary election, with winner Rittenhouse winning nearly 45% of the vote.
The term is due to expire on December 31 of this year.
County Boards of Elections have until July 15 to certify petitions from independent candidates in the November general election, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.