Election 2021: 6 races for public office in Galion uncontested


By Andrew Carter - acarter@aimmediamidwest.com



GALION — A majority of the races for public office in the City of Galion are uncontested. According to the Crawford County Board of Elections, the races for Galion mayor, auditor, president of city council, and three council seats each feature just one candidate.

Following is the list of uncontested races on the Nov. 2 general election ballot:

• Mayor — Tom O’Leary (incumbent)

• Auditor — Brian C. Saterfield

• President of City Council — Carl W. Watt (incumbent)

• City Council, 2nd Ward (Vote for 1) — Richard Aaron Ivy (incumbent)

• City Council, 3rd Ward (Vote for 1) — Mike Richert (incumbent)

• City Council, 4th Ward (Vote for 1) — Carrie A. Zeger

Originally, the 4th Ward race had two candidates, but Board of Elections officials said Jerry D. Myers withdrew from the race earlier this month.

Other local elections

In the Village of Crestline, six candidates are running for the four available seats on village council. Following is the list of candidates on the fall ballot for village council: Mary Pierce-Broadwater (write-in), Cheryl Downey, Allen D. Laferty (incumbent), Garrett Looney, Joy Miley (incumbent), and Beverly J. Payne (incumbent).

Four candidates are running to fill the four available seats on the Village of North Robinson council. John Agin, Kimberly J. Brown, Rick O. Reed, and Paula Rose are all incumbents.

Incumbent Galion City Schools Board of Education members Michael E. Mateer and Melissa J. Miller are the only two candidates on the general election ballot. Three seats are available. No valid petition was filed for the third seat, according to the board of elections.

Only two candidates have filed valid petitions to run for the three seats available on the Crestline Exempted Village Schools Board of Education. Incumbent Robyn L. Almanson is seeking reelection. Kevin J. Sipes has also filed a petition to run for office.

The three incumbents on the Colonel Crawford Local Schools Board of Education are all running for reelection. Gordon E. Grove, Margaret Hoyles, and Scott C. Rike have each filed valid petitions. No other candidates have filed petitions to run for office.

Polk Township Trustees Tom Ray and Russell A. Sellman are both seeking reelection. No other candidates have filed petitions to run for the two seats available.

Jefferson Township Trustees Richard Eichorn and Matthew W. Weber are both seeking reelection. No other candidates have filed petitions to run for the two seats available.

Jackson Township Trustees Lonny C. Parrella, Sr. and Robert M. White are both seeking reelection. No other candidates have filed petitions to run for the two seats available.

Jefferson Township residents will consider a fire protection levy in November. Following is the ballot language for that measure:

“An additional tax for the benefit of Jefferson Township for the purpose of providing fire protection and ambulance and emergency medical services at a rate not exceeding 3 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to $0.30 for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for 5 years, commencing in 2021, first due in calendar year 2022.”

Early voting ends Nov. 1

Early in-person voting runs through Monday, Nov. 1. Registered voters can cast ballots at the Board of Elections office, located at 112 East Mansfield Street in Bucyrus, during the early voting period.

Following is the early in-person voting schedule for Crawford County residents:

• Monday through Friday, Oct. 25-29, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Sunday, Oct. 31, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Monday, Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For information, go to the Board of Elections website (crawfordcountyohioboe.gov), call the office at 419- 562-8721, or email Crawford@OhioSoS.gov.

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By Andrew Carter

acarter@aimmediamidwest.com