New board member sworn in

A new member of the Auglaize County Elections Board was sworn into office Wednesday.

Brent Henschen, of New Knoxville, who serves as the chair of the Auglaize County Democratic Executive Committee, was the only nominee for the position left vacant after Larry Fledderjohann’s recent death. Fledderjohann served on the board since 2003.

“I’ve always had an interest in politics,” said Henschen, who said his interest came from his father. “I’m following in his footsteps. I like to see people get involved, it doesn’t matter what party they are, it’s good to not always let someone else be the one doing it.”

Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said they look forward to working with Henschen, who begins his four-year term Wednesday.

Henschen, who retired as a deputy with the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office in 2007, after 25 years of service, was an officer with the New Knoxville Police Department for four years before that. He also has owned and operated Henschen Family Farms since 1974.

He is a member of the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Foundation and served for eight years on the New Knoxville School Board.

“It’s not something I thought I would be doing,” Henschen said of serving on the Elections Board. “Larry was a friend I knew for a lot of years. I have some big shoes to fill.”

Admittedly, Henschen said he has a lot to learn, but even before he was officially sworn into his seat, he was working with other Election Board members to get machines ready and sealing ballots for Tuesday’s Primary.

He also will be required to participate in a six-hour mandatory training in Columbus within six months.

The day of the primary, Henschen plans to work in the Auglaize County Elections Board Office performing whatever jobs needed throughout the day.

“It’s a new adventure,” Henschen said of the position. “I will do the best I can to continue all the good things the Board of Elections has done in the county.”