Josh Himes / Beaver Countian file photo by John Paul

Beaver County Democratic Sheriff George David has recruited a local prize fighter to run as a Republican against incumbent Democratic Controller David Rossi.

Josh “The Handsome Hitman” Himes, an iron worker from Monaca who recently went professional with his boxing career, confirmed to the Beaver Countian he will be running as a Republican for County Controller.

Himes said he has been a registered Republican since he was first eligible to vote.

“For many years I have always watched and looked and learned and I figured this is a path I’d end up taking,” Himes told the Beaver Countian. “A lot of avenues that I looked at as far as the political side goes, money for me, as far as monetary value, I’ve always had a niche for. I went to college for business and left after two years for the Olympic boxing trials. But money comes natural for me, money always comes easy to me, numbers, figures, that whole side of accounting, that’s why I am running for Controller […] I think it would be a better gig for me than getting punched in the face.”

Himes said he hopes to go back to college to complete his degree in business, and also intends to continue his boxing career if elected County Controller.

“I turned professional in November and I’m 2-0 in my professional career, so boxing has really taken off for me, but I can’t do that for life, so this will be a good backup for me. Obviously Controller it’s not a 24×7 job, I’m not working Monday through Sunday at it and I’ll have time after the job to train and I can do both […] I’m young and durable and tough and I can handle that.”

Republican Josh Himes said Democratic Sheriff George David is helping him in his candidacy for Controller. “I met with George and he told me this would be a good idea for me to do he told me I should do this. He told me there’s nothing in life easy so I got to prepare and get ready for the whole petition thing to get on the ballot […] I had him educate me, the more I learn from him the better off I will be.”

Along with support from Sheriff David, Josh Himes also has the backing of Republican State Representative Jim Christiana.

Representative Christiana told the Beaver Countian he is personal friends with Himes and will be supporting his candidacy. “Josh clearly has a wide spectrum of friends and supporters,” said Christiana. “A testament to his personality.”

“I hope that George [David] and Jim [Christiana] will both be able to keep helping me and guide me,” said Himes. “I’m going to be listening to both of them to guide me the right way which I know they both will do.”

Himes said he will be running for himself in this election, not running against incumbent Democratic Controller David Rossi. “George wanted to talk things about Rossi but I didn’t get into that, I know Dave, I like Dave. I’m doing this for me.”

Sheriff David hired Josh Himes’ brother Mitchell as a Deputy last July.

Beaver County Republican Committee Chairwoman Megan Carpenter told the Beaver Countian she has not been approached by Josh Himes about his candidacy. “I was unaware of this development until you called me,” said Carpenter, “and I feel the need to speak to the parties involved until I make any further comment.”

Josh Himes has a petition signature gathering event scheduled for tonight from 6pm to 8pm at Mario’s Woodfire Pizzaria in Beaver. “My primary focus right now is getting the 250 signatures that I need,” said Himes. “I need to get as many signatures as I can.”

Josh Himes announces his candidacy in a Facebook post
Josh Himes announces his candidacy in a post to his Facebook page
John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Adam Corak
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Adam Corak

Don’t use pics of him from Beaver County Fight Club…he has no affiliation with that boxing gym.

Toughman
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I highly doubt if Himes meant for that picture to be affiliated with BCFC. I have visited BCFC a few years back and it seemed like Himes knew more about boxing than the trainers at that facility. I knew back then if Himes wanted to improve his skills he would have to go to a more knowledgable gym. Don’t get me wrong they seem to do well with the kids for an exercise program or to learn the basics. I have been a boxer for many years and have sparred Himes on occasion over the last 4 years. I had just recently sparred him and let me tell you I could always hold my own but this time I felt over matched. He has definitely improved as a pro, he no longer is a one dementional fighter So for you to discredit him and his recent accomplishments is a joke. and he did not lose his last amateur fight .

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Agreed

Yes Adam get over this whining about pictures & boxing get to the subject at hand!

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I don’t know Mr. Himes personally, or professionally, nor do I want to sound like I am bad mouthing him, but from what I get from the article, I don’t see him as taking this position seriously. So far, he’s stated that numbers come easily, but he didn’t feel the need to finish college. He instead decided to pursue a boxing career. He knows that career path won’t last forever, so lets move into politics. Why you ask, because (as he has stated in the above article) its not a full time job, and he can still be a boxer who moonlights as a County Controller.

I am not a boxer, but I do know that in boxing, it is imperative that you have good people in your corner telling you what to do, and I think in this venture, Mr. Himes has the wrong people in his corner telling him what to do.

Need4change
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Need4change

Okay, you admit not having experience with all the things Mr. Himes mentions, but you give advice. Hmmm. Smart

Dave Symmonds
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Dave Symmonds

I’d vote for him

Tom Armstrong
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Tom Armstrong

George David is a Fucking Crook!!!!!

Need4change
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Need4change

Thanks for your insight Tom. Maybe you should run.

BC Rez
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BC Rez

I mean anyone would and could do better than George David. Guys a loser

Noneya
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Noneya

Agree, guys a punkass wanna be bully

Truth
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Truth

This type of respect is earned not given. I can tell you first hand that the picture of all those trophies and metals is disrespectful. He screwed over the people who helped him get all those accolades. People who didnt take anything from him, but gave him all the time and attention to help him , payed expenses out of thier own pockets to get him into national tournaments, just to have him lie about his intentions and walk out on the people who were giving him everything. Not the guy i want in a position in this county. Granted I do not dismiss his boxing talent, but broken trust and lies are what they are. Please find another picture of Josh to use out of respect for the people he lied and walked out on. Of he wouldnt have walked out , he would have more than 5 pro fights by now against quality opponents and making real money instead of fighting at serbian clubs in weirton. I wish him all the best, but will not be supporting this at all. Just please use a picture that doesnt show his attachment to Beaver County Fight Club (the same club this beaver countian “reporter” bashed in an article a few years back about a boxing show in monaca that Josh was a headliner of).

U jealous
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U jealous

sounds like sour grapes.. Oh that is right, many champs come from the BC Fight Club.

not at all
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not at all

Josh hasnt won anything since leaving the club. Except a few fights agaist nobodys. He lost his last amateur fight by knockout against a guy who never boxed before. All the awards he did win were with BCFC.

Need4change
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Need4change

Maybe you should see if Mayweather needs help

The real truth
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The real truth

The truth f the matter is Himes got by on his athleticism alone (ask anyone who knows anything about boxing ) he lost fights as a amateur when he was w Bcfc .He also went to the Olympic trials BY HIMSELF no coach no manager . Where was his Bcfc support team?! He then realized he needed a higher level of coaching to compete at that level Bcfc was limited to amateur at best so he went to Tom Yankello and now with George Sundy and anyone will tell you he looks better than he ever did . Also he got away from all the cigarette smoking while he trains, Bcfc has not had any fighters since Himes that i can think of and the gym is rarely open for business . How can you say he would hav had 5 pro fights now at extravagant places?! his last fights w Bcfc was lackluster . U guys need to grow up and let this bitterness & jealousy go already .fighters sometimes move on get over it!