For the Miami Valley Today
TROY — Miami County Commissioner Ted Mercer announced his intention to run for another four-year term as commissioner. Mercer was also recently appointed as president of the Board of Commissioners.
“It has truly been a team effort working with fellow commissioners Greg Simmons and Wade Westfall,” Mercer said. “Continuing to work together, we can ensure that Miami County remains a great place to raise a family, live, and work. Open communications between county government, local cities, villages, and townships is paramount. I believe, since coming on the commission, that the doors of communication have opened even wider.”
Mercer has been married to his wife, Carla, for 40 years, and together they have two grown children and five grandchildren. Mercer is the owner of Mercer Group, Inc., a regional athletic field contracting company. Mercer Group is a family business, which is now under the leadership of Mercer’s son, Troy. Mercer considers himself a businessman and not a politician. Mercer relies on his over 42 years of private business experience to compliment the daily operations of county government. Mercer is a registered Republican and has conservative values. However, he feels politics are not always as important at the county level.
“I don’t care if you’re a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, if you have a county concern, I want to know about it so that we can try to resolve that concern. I am always conscious, every day, of the fact that I work for all the people of Miami County,” Mercer said.
Mercer served for 12 years on Troy City Council from 1996 to 2007. He is the past recipient of the Troy Chamber of Commerce Young Man of the Year Award in 1995 and the Community Service Award in 2015. Mercer currently serves as the director of the Robinson Fund.
Mercer was instrumental in the Courthouse Plaza and Courthouse Illumination renovation in 2020. Mercer calls the plaza the “People’s Plaza.” Moving forward, the county is in the planning and implementation stages of improvements to the iconic and historic Miami County Courthouse, as well as the construction of a new One Stop Center, which will ultimately improve the services of the motoring public. A new Fairgrounds and Agricultural Service building is also being planned to consolidate services the county provides for the farming community.
“I respect and have great admiration for our county’s workforce. I look forward to continuing to work with them,” Mercer said. “One of Miami County’s greatest asset is its people. It truly is a team effort between our staff and all our elected officials. We must all work in harmony to provide the best services for the people of Miami County.”
Mercer said he loves Miami County and all it represents, saying, “I have the time to help lead this county. However, it’s not just about me, it takes a team effort. I want to be a part of that team. We need to continue to serve the citizens of Miami County, not only services they expect, but the services they deserve. The future is bright in Miami County.”
”Being a County Commissioner is not a career, but a true public service,” Mercer said.