The streak continues for John Griesheimer.
The current Franklin County presiding commissioner defeated challenger Gary Getman in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Griesheimer garnered 9,244 votes to Getman’s 4,665.
“It’s hard to know when you’re in an office like this — you make people mad with the decisions you make,” Griesheimer said. “You don’t know where you’re going to end up or where you’re going to be. ... Sometimes you just don’t know where you stand with people. I’m very grateful and very humbled by the margin we won by.”
Griesheimer said he wasn’t sure if it was one thing that pushed him past Getman, but rather his entire body of work.
“I think people know that I’m honest and I try to do the right thing,” he said. “The ads that I ran proved that. I know I made people mad by the decisions I made, but I always did what I thought was right.”
Griesheimer first ran for public office in 1982 on the Washington City Council. He won the race and has never lost an election.
“I was hoping for that but I’ve got enemies on several fronts,” Griesheimer said. “They’re all gunning for me. It just makes me feel so good that the majority of the people feel you’re doing a good job.”
His streak will be put to the test in November’s general election. Griesheimer will face off Nov. 4 against Independent Tim Baker for the commissioner spot.
With the time between the two elections Griesheimer could take a break in the campaign. He said he has no plans to slow down right now.
“You’ve got to keep on rolling,” he said. “. . . When you have a credible candidate in the general election, you don’t take it for granted. You got to keep on chugging.”
Griesheimer said his past election experience with Getman helped form his strategy for the primary. The two faced off in 2010 and Griesheimer said he figured Getman wasn’t going to spend a lot of money campaigning.
“I knew my primary opponent wasn’t going to spend any money, so I used my own funds,” he said. “I’d rather not go to the well and ask the public for money when I don’t really have to. When I have to, I want the general public to know that this is the need — this is going to be the hard race.”
Griesheimer said squaring off against Baker will force him to run a different campaign. He said to expect more ads, more yard signs and just a bigger push to voters.