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PDT Staff Writer

New Boston Police FOP Lodge No. 208 ended speculation that they formed in order to endorse their captain, Steve Goins for Sheriff, by deciding not to endorse anyone for any office.

On June 28, for the first time in the 106-year history of the New Boston Police Department, they were given their own Fraternal Order of Police Lodge. There had been speculation the reason for forming their own lodge after having been non-voting members of Lodge No. 33, made up primarily of the Portsmouth Police Department, for a number of years, was to endorse Goins. It turns out the speculators were wrong.

“I’m sure everyone had their own individual reasons why they voted the way they did,” NBPD Officer Kevin Lewis, secretary/treasurer of Local 208, said. “There were six people present at the meeting. We took a vote, and it was 4 to 2 against. But we just kind of left it to the members of the Lodge to decide. I don’t know what their own personal reasons were, but that’s what the result was.”

As members of Lodge 33, the New Boston officers did not vote, while Portsmouth police officers voted to endorse incumbent Sheriff Marty V. Donini.

Goins, a Democrat, is challenging Donini for that office. Former Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner, an Independent candidate, is also running to unseat Donini.

There had also been indications that the Lodge would make an endorsement in the race for the newly created Ohio 90th District House of Representatives seat, but no endorsement was offered their either. In that contest, John Haas is challenging current 89th District incumbent Representative Dr. Terry Johnson.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com

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