NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Dover Township Trustee and local businessman John Miceli has officially filed a petition to run for Tuscarawas County commissioner.

Miceli filed a petition of candidacy Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections to run in the Democratic Primary in May.

Miceli, a lifelong resident of Tuscarawas County, has a long history of involvement in the area. He is current chairman of the Tuscarawas County Health Advisory Committee, a member of the Tuscarawas County Parks Advisory Board, as well as an executive committeeman for the Tuscarawas County Township Association.

Miceli feels that infrastructure is a top priority for the county.

"It's time for a change- for too long the infrastructure in our county has been ignored. I believe that by strengthening infrastructure in Tuscarawas County, we can attract the businesses that are required to enable us to grow," he said.

Miceli is a past president of the Tuscarawas County Township Association, past chairman of the Tuscarawas Regional Planning Commission, a well as past township representative for the Stark/Tusc/Wayne Solid Waste Policy Committee. Miceli also served as the Township Representative to the Community Improvement Corporation.

Miceli, who attended Kent State University, is also a current member of the Farm Bureau, member of the National Rifle Association, and past president of the Dover Exchange Club. He has owned and operated Miceli Glass Company since 1983 and The Sunnyside Store Restaurant since 1999.