BUCYRUS — There are two commissioner races underway in Crawford County for Tuesday’s general election.
After serving as a commissioner from 2000 to 2013, Republican Mo Ressallat has returned to the ballot to face off against Independent candidate Jeff Teynor.
Ressallat, who also served as a Galion City Council member, said he has experience in workplace development and budget planning.
“My mission for Crawford County is to help create solutions for the challenges that many young people in this county face daily,” he said.
Teynor said that one of the most important jobs of the commissioners is to put together a budget for all county departments that can be supported by the general fund and to maintain properties owned by the county.
The winner of this race will fill the seat that will be left vacant by current county commissioner Steve Reinhard.
The second commissioner race is between Republican incumbent Doug Weisenauer, and Democratic candidate Dan Wirebaugh.
Weisenauer said he enjoys his role as commissioner.
“I like working with the people of Crawford County and for the people of the county,” he said.
Weisenauer said one of the major projects he worked on as a commissioner is the repair and restoration of the Crawford County Courthouse roof and copper dome.
“That project should be completed by the end of the year,” Weisenauer said.
Weisenauer is in his second term as a commissioner and is asking voters to elect him to a third term.
Wirebaugh is a Bucyrus City Council member but said he can do more to help his community as a commissioner.
“We have an economic development partnership, but we need to do more to bring business into Crawford County. I also feel that county properties have been mishandled in the past and that needs to be resolved,” Wirebaugh said.
Wirebaugh said there is no real economic plan for the county, and he wants to create one that works.
“There has been no interest in securing new employment opportunities or developing worker training programs to assist area employers,” Wirebaugh said. “I will continue to drive for new manufacturing opportunities and make sure the right people get the right training.”
Wirebaugh said he will be a representative for all people living in Crawford County.
“Galion, Crestline, New Washington, all areas of the county are just as important as Bucyrus. I will represent every person in our county and plan to make changes to facilitate positive growth,” Wirebaugh said.
Weisenauer also said he strives to represent the people of Crawford County’s best interests.