While many are focused on the Presidential election candidates as the primary election nears, there are three local Republican candidates that will vie for a seat as a Crawford County Commissioner on March 15.
The position will be left vacant by current commissioner Steve Reinhard as he runs for state representative for the 87th district against Wes Goodman and Tom Whiston in the Republican primary race.
Those candidates include current Galion YMCA director Terry Gribble, former commissioner Mo Ressallat and Michael Schiefer.
Since a Democratic candidate is not running for the position, the winner of the primary may only have to contend with an Independent candidate during the general election in November. The person elected will begin their four-year term on Jan. 2, 2017.
In a second race for the position of commissioner that is currently held by Doug Weisenauer, Jeff Scheerer is running against Weisenauer in Tuesday’s primary election. The winner of that race will then run against Democratic candidate Dan Wirebaugh in November. The person elected will begin their four-year term as a county commissioner on Jan. 3, 2017.
“The deadline date for Independent candidates who want to run in the general election in November is Monday. It is the day before the primary election so potential candidates cannot wait to see which candidates win the primary races,” said Ruth Leuthold, director of the Crawford County Board of Elections.
Leuthold said that one Independent candidate has filed a petition to run in the general election, so far.
For county voters, the other main race is between current Crawford County Prosecutor Matt Crall against city prosecutor, Rob Ratliff, for the position of county prosecutor.
The only local issue on the ballot whether or not Bucyrus city residents want Circle K, located at 405 N. Sandusky Ave., to hold a C-1 liquor license to sell beer from 11 a.m. to midnight on Sundays.
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