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The Henry County Republican Central Committee will not be making a recommendation on a candidate to city council to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Mires.

Phil Parsons of the central committee said the group is unable to meet due to the ongoing health emergency surrounding COVID-19. It was set to meet Thursday to make a recommendation for Mires’ seat, which became vacant when he was tapped to fill an open Henry County commissioner’s seat.

Parsons said the central committee received only one submission of interest for the seat, that being Molly Knepley. Her name will be sent to Napoleon council, which will have final say on who is chosen.

The central committee had two indoor meeting locations planned, but the recent orders by Gov. Mike DeWine led to them being unavailable. Parsons said the committee thought about meeting outside at a shelter house to get the recommendation made, but could not get an answer from state officials if this was permitted.

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