NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Tuscarawas County Commissioner Kerry Metzger has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Tuscarawas County Board of Commissioners.

"For over 25 years, the citizens of Tuscarawas County have provided me the honor and privilege to represent them in city, county and state government," said Metzger, who has served the past 12 years as county commissioner, had previously served as Ward 2 councilman and President of City Council in New Philadelphia, along with being elected as State Representative of the 97th District in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1995 to 2002."

"During my years in public service, I have been guided by conservative fiscal principles of low taxes, budgetary constraint and reasonable regulatory action. If re-elected to serve as county commissioner, I will continue to govern these principles and provide strong, experienced leadership during tough times to improve the lives of the citizens of the county and to help create an economic climate for business growth and expansion," Metzger said.

Metzger has served as past president as finance chairman and board member of the MultiCounty Juvenile Attention System, on the Board of Directors of the Stark/Tuscarawas/Wayne Solid Waste District, the chairman of the Local Elected Officials of the Workforce Investment Board, as commissioner representative to the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce, and as a board member of the Community Improvement Corporation.

Locally, he has been past president of the New Philadelphia Jaycees and was a past board member of Community Hospice. He is a member of the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau and the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce.

Along with his public service, he opened a small health care business as a practicing dentist for 26 years.

Metzger and his wife, Karen, reside in New Philadelphia. They have two adult children.