Electorate to decide seats
Wapakoneta and eastern Auglaize County residents will be able to hit the voting booths Tuesday to elect local leaders.
The polls are set to open at 6:30 p.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m.
In Wapakoneta, voters must decide between four candidates for three councilor-at-large seats on Wapakoneta City Council.
The candidates are Republicans Tom Finkelmeier Jr. and Dan Graf, Democrat Randy Fisher and non-partisan candidate Rachel Barber. (A question and answer with the candidates appears on Page 5A and Page 6A.)
The rest of the city council ticket is uncontested incumbents including Council President Steve Henderson, 1st Ward Councilor Jim Neumeier, 2nd Ward Councilor Dan Lee, 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst and 4th Ward Councilor Chad Doll as well as city Treasurer Barbie Steinke.
Three candidates are seeking two seats on Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education.
Newcomer Erick Schmelzer is campaigning against incumbents Willie Sammetinger and Brent Schwartz.
Buckland village residents have six candidates seeking four council seats. They are Janet Bible, Joshua Detty, Timothy Detty, Lonnie A. John, Jay Miller and Christopher Thomason.
Waynesfield village residents have nine candidates vying for four council seats.
They are incumbents Chris Kaufman and Howard Traucht and seven newcomers including Beckie Clarke, Sharon Ewing, Steve Hahn, Dick Hardin, John Hickman, Daniel Wilson and Vicki Zimmerman.
Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools Board of
Education candidates are David Pepple and Jeff Schultz. They are unopposed for the two seats available.
Cridersville has two incumbents — Stacey Cook and Rick Walls — for two seats, and five people including three incumbents for four other council seats. The incumbents are Shirley Anderson, Eric West and Tony Zuppardo. The newcomers are former Mayor Bob Conner and Paul Lynch.
New Knoxville village residents have two candidates for council and two seats open. Seeking the seats are Jeffrey Henschen and Bob Jaynes.
Three people — Shawn Egbert, Brian Lammers and Ryan Miltner — are unopposed for the three seats on New Knoxville Local Schools Board of Education.
Incumbent Marilyn Fleck is the only person running in Uniopolis for a village council seat. There are four seats open.
Gerald Ritchie is a write-in for mayor. He has been serving as acting mayor.
Uniopolis residents also must decide on two tax levies, an income tax levy and a resolution to dissolve corporation powers.
One tax levy is a 3-mill property tax levy for Uniopolis Fire and EMS. The levy would be on property taxes for five years.
The second levy is a 10-mill property tax levy for operating expenses for a continuing period of time.
The 1.5 percent income tax levy would be levied until voted off and would be for general municipal operating expenses.
For the second time, voters must decide if they want to dissolve the corporation and let the township assume control.
Village budgetary issues are prompting the dissolution of the village.
Three people are running for two Clay Township trustee seats. They are David Briem, Anthony Elsass and Jerry Shipp.
Three people are running for Duchouquet Township trustee seats. Two will be elected. The three running are John Limbert, Rick Place and Dwight Steinke.
Three people — Tim Doty, Brian Myers and Donald Spangler — are running for two Goshen Township trustee seats.
Four people — tom Elsass, Robert Gibson, Jerry Griffo and Anthony Lochard — are seeking two seats on Logan Township Board of Trustees.