Mayor’s race in Galion among many seats up for grabs in November

Election ballots finalized for November city races

GALION — It’s about to get a lot more interesting in Galion.

The Crawford County Board of Elections certified paperwork for the Nov. 7 general election for county voters.

In Galion, it could be a contentious few weeks as there appear to be different factions with different ideas about how city government should operate.

For a round up of other races and issues in Crawford County, visit here.

To no one’s surprise, there is a three-way race for mayor. Current Galion Mayor Tom O’Leary will spar with Jim Hedges, currently the 3rd Ward representative on Galion City Council; and Kenneth Bodkins. The winner of that race will chart the course for the city during the next four years.

In other city races, Carl Watt is the only candidate for President of City Council. He holds that position now.

Galion City Auditor Brian Treisch is running to retain his seat. He has two opponents: current Galion City Council 4th Ward representative Susan Bean and Paula Durbin.

Thomas Palmer, the current director of law for Galion, is being challenged by E. Roberta Wade.

Three at-large seats for Galion City Council are up for grabs and there are five candidates are running for these spots. They include current council members Gail Baldinger, Shirley Clark and Thomas Fellner. The other two candidates are Alice Matthews and Carrie Zeger.

Current councilman William Comerford is the only candidate running for the 1st Ward council seat.

Mark Triplett, currently representing the 2nd Ward on city council, is the only candidate for that seat.

Vying to replace Hedges’ (who wants to be mayor) as the 3rd Ward council representative are Joe Haley and Mike Richart.

Hoping to relace Bean (who is giving up her 4th Ward seat to run for city auditor) are Jennifer Kuns and Tammy Siclair-Erlsten.

There are two open seats on the Galion City Schools Board of Education. Only one candidate has submitted the paperwork to fill that seat, Debra G. Donaldson.

Also, there are two county-wide issues that Galion voters are being asked to support:

CRAWFORD COUNTY (ADAMH BOARD) — A renewal of a tax for the benefit of Crawford County for the purpose of current expenses of the Crawford-Marion Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMH Board) at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.10 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 10 years, commencing in 2018, first due in calendar year 2019.

CRAWFORD COUNTY CHILDREN — An additional tax for the benefit of Crawford County for the purpose of operating or capital SERVICES expenditure necessary for the support of children services and the care and placement of children at rate not exceeding 1.5 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.15 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 8 years, commencing in 2017, first due in calendar year 2018.

A separate story on the other races and issues that affect Crawford County voters in available on

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Tom O’Leary O’Leary

Jim Hedges Hedges

Kenneth Bodkins Bodkins
Board or elections certifies candidates for November election

Staff report