It’s been more than a week since Bob Thomas, a Franklin County Commissioner, lost in the primary election. After serving as a commissioner for more than 20 years, the news came as a bit of surprise.
Since 1996, Bob Thomas has been a Franklin County Commissioner. But that will soon come to end in January 2020. That reality was has been surprising for Thomas.
“I was not expecting. I was expecting to be able to serve a seventh term as a Franklin County Commissioner,“ said Thomas.
On election night Thomas finished third on the Republican ballot. In the primary, only two Republicans get to advance. Thomas says during his time in office, the county has been well managed. He says he worked hard to maintain a low tax rate, even though he says his opponents criticized him.
“We have one of the lowest tax rates of all the 67 counties in Pennsylvania today. A person that wants to live in Franklin County that says oh the taxes are high that the county has, go live anywhere else and in about 50 counties you’re going to pay more or a lot more than you pay here,“ said Thomas.
Another accomplishment Thomas is proud of is establishing the Council of Governance in Franklin County, which created better communication and participation between the municipalities.
“It was my vision and my leadership, which caused the creation of the Franklin County Council of Governance, which exists still today,“ said Thomas.
Looking back, Commissioner Thomas believes he should’ve responded to some false accusations made against him and campaigned more.
“I’m guilty of not spending any money in this election. And that’s what I’m guilty of. I should’ve responded but hindsight is 20/20. I had a lot of people say ‘Bob you had nothing to worry about,’“ said Thomas.
Commissioner Thomas says he has no plans of running for the Franklin County Commission again.