Jefferson County Lynn Luck, the woman who ran against Jefferson County Commissioner Don Edmonds and lost in 2006, has been appointed to serve the remainder of his term.
The Jefferson County Republican central committee met Saturday morning, and convention delegates voted 5 to 4 for Luck to fill Edmonds’ seat. One other person, McLouth business owner Jim Schonherr, applied for the seat.
Edmonds, a Republican from McLouth, resigned from his position on Jan. 22. His resignation letter did not state his reason for vacating the seat.
However, it came after the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office investigated a reported theft of $12,000 from a McLouth BP station that Edmonds formerly owned and where he worked as acting manager. The station’s owner later said the money was accounted for.
Luck served a four-year term on the commission starting in 2002. She ran against Edmonds in the 2006 Republican primary, where she lost. She will serve the remaining two years on Edmonds’ seat.
“I know the job; I was willing to do the job before. It’s under unfortunate circumstances, but I’m certainly willing to do the job again,” Luck said.
Luck, who lives south of Oskaloosa and is executive director of Jefferson County Services Organization, has lived in the county for 34 years.
While Luck doesn’t see any major issues facing the county, she said it could use some help with its roads and infrastructure and would like to see the county take advantage of money coming from the federal government’s proposed stimulus package.
Convention chair Carole Hendrix said she voted for Luck because of the experience she would bring to the three-member county commission.
“Basically she just did her homework, and she made good sound decisions,” Hendrix said of Luck’s earlier performance on the board.