Incumbent Dan Claypool (D) faces challenge from J.P. Ducro IV (R)
William A. West
JEFFERSON_Two incumbent Ashtabula County Commissioners are asking voters to support their reelection bid on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Commissioner Dan Claypool, Democrat, is being challenged by Republican J.P. Ducro IV, of Ashtabula.Ducro is Ashtabula City Council president and president of Ducro Services, Inc.
Commissioner Peggy Carlo, Democrat, is facing opposition from Republican Kathryn Whittington, of Richmond Township. This is Whittington’s first run for public office
AC interviewed all candidates at their requested and location. Whittington was the only candidate who requested a list of possible questions before the scheduled interview. The four candidates were very cooperative during the interview process.
Independent candidate Willis Clay did not respond to AshtabulaCurrent’s request for an interview.
The candidates’ biographies are published as submitted.
Dan began his public career in the Ashtabula County as a deputy sheriff, achieving the rank of captain, where he spearheaded the effort to build the Enhanced 911 system in Ashtabula County.
Dan started his political career as a Lenox Township trustee (spending nine years as chairman), from 1996 until his appointment as a county commissioner, and earned the title of Ashtabula County Trustee of the Year for 2006. He served as president of the Ashtabula County Township Trustee Association and was chairman of the Board of Directors South Central Ambulance District.
Dan was appointed to the Ashtabula County Board of Commissioners in February 2007, and was elected to the office in 2008.
Since being a Commissioner he spearheaded the Ashtabula County Economic Strategic Plan, represents the Commissioners on the LEEDCO Board of Directors, served as Chairman of the Eastgate Policy Board (serving Ashtabula, Trumbull and Mahoning Counties) and served as the Chief Elected Official for the Geauga, Ashtabula, Portage Workforce Development Board.
Dan serves as the President Board of Commissioners and is the board’s representative on the Growth Partnership Executive Committee, Convention and Facility Authority and the Ashtabula County Senior Levy Advisory Board.
Dan continues to work fulltime caring for Ashtabula County’s needs by administering the county’s budget, improving the workforce of Ashtabula County by working with local businesses, helping to create new educational opportunities for the workforce, and insuring senior citizens have the services they need to live in their homes with dignity.
Dan Claypool is a lifelong Ashtabula County resident, raised in Geneva, graduating from Geneva High School in 1972. Dan lives in Lenox Township with his wife, Sandra. They have two children, Nicholas and Sarah.
J.P. Ducro IV
A 1992 graduate of Miami University with a BA in Psychology and fifth generation funeral director in his family business founded in 1853, J.P. Ducro IV currently serves as president of Ducro Services, Inc. and serves in a management role for its related companies and divisions, including the Zaback-Williams-Ducro Funeral Home in Ashtabula, the Williams-Ducro (formerly Childs-Williams) Funeral Home in Pierpont, Greenlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in North Kingsville, and an active limousine service and pet cremation service.
With the help of his family and company team members, they have received the highest national award in funeral service, the Pursuit of Excellence Eagle, as selected by a panel of funeral service peers on 10 different annual occasions and have been inducted into the National Funeral Director’s Association Hall of Excellence for this accomplishment. A graduate of Leadership Ashtabula County, former 10-year cross country and track coach for Ashtabula High School, a former officer and Past Exalted Ruler of the BPO Elks #208, and former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Ashtabula Area Chamber of Commerce, he has volunteered extensively in the community during his lifetime especially on community clean-up projects. He is currently serving the first year of his second term as the President of Ashtabula City Council and serves on the board of the Ashtabula High School, Harbor High School, Lakeside High School (AHS/HHS/LHS) Alumni Association where he was the immediate past president and the Chairman of the Elks Hoopshoot Free Throw Contest, which he has coordinated for more than 15 years. In 2014, he was recognized by the Young Professionals of Ashtabula County (YPAC) as one of the Top 5 Under 45. He is also currently a candidate seeking the office of Ashtabula County Commissioner. His family includes his wife, Peggy; three daughters, MaryCate, Lizzie, and Sara; mother, Sue Curtis Ducro; late father, J. Peter Ducro; and the many members of the Ashtabula Community whom he feels very honored and proud to serve as both a funeral director and councilman.2