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Van Wert council 1st Ward

Jeff Agler

Residence: South Vine Street, Van Wert



John L. Marshall (incumbent)

Residence: South Tyler Street, Van Wert

Party: Republican

Age: 63

Relevant experience: Two years on Van Wert city council as first ward councilman; several leadership schools when I was in the National Guard; chairman of health and safety committee; member vice chairman of streets and alleys committee; member of parks and recreation committee; retired from Eaton Corporation after 37 years of employment; 20 years of active duty with Ohio National Guard, retiring as sergeant first class

Education: Graduated from Van Wert High School in 1964

Years living in area: I have lived in Van Wert all of my life except when I was on active duty in the Army

Major issues: The No. 1 issue that city council is facing at this time is the economic downturn in Van Wert.

We are trying to establish a trimmed-down budget that will still allow the residents to receive quality community and safety services.


Convoy council (4)

Patti Cramer

Residence: Sycamore Street, Convoy


Wayne Dawson

Residence: Maple Street, Convoy


Michael Hartman

Residence: East Tully Street, Convoy


Neal Orsbon

Residence: Elm Street, Convoy


Steven Rice

Residence: South Linn Street, Convoy


Ohio City council (4)

Brenda Brotherwood

Residence: West Hoffman Street, Ohio City


Carol D. Brown

Residence: West Carmean Street, Ohio City


Robert C. Dorsett (write-in)

Residence: West Carmean Street, Ohio City


Pamela L. Dull

Residence: West Jefferson Street, Ohio City


Carol Miller

Residence: Hoffman Street, Ohio City


Bart Sidle

Residence: West Hoffman Street, Ohio City


Eldonna Wagonrod

Residence: North Main Street, Ohio City


Gregory A. Waterman

Residence: West Carmean Street, Ohio City


Middle Point mayor (1)

John J. Brincefield

Residence: West Railroad Street, Middle Point


Mike Wolfcale

Residence: West South Street, Middle Point


Crestview school board (3)

Lori Bittner

Residence: Kings Church Road, Convoy


Pam Motycka

Residence: Tully Harrison Road, Convoy


Lonnie Nedderman

Residence: Dull Robinson Road, Van Wert


Wes Skelton

Residence: Pancake Road, Convoy



David Thomas

Residence: Tully Harrison Road, Convoy

Party: No party affiliation

Age: 47

Relevant experience: 24-plus years of progressive business management experience

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University

Years living in area: 33 years


Lincolnview school board (4)

Eric Germann (write-in)

Residence: Middle Point Road, Van Wert


Amy L. Lauf (write-in)

Residence: Middle Point Road, Middle Point


Cynthia A. Miller

Residence: Rogers Road, Van Wert

Party: Republican

Age: 50

Relevant experience: I have served for 12 years on the school board.

Education: Lincolnview High School

Years living in area: 50 years

Major issues: During this current recession, it is important for the school board to be fiscally responsible. It is our responsibility to work closely with the administration to provide Lincolnview students with the best education within our means.


Ken Myers (write-in)

Residence: Northfield Drive, Middle Point

Party: Non-partisan

Age: 42

Years living in area: Moved back to the area in 1996 after serving in the U.S. Navy.

Major issues: I want to provide a voice to students and parents alike. I will ensure policies are that are enacted are fair to the student and school without adding undo burden to families or staff. I will maintain fiscal responsibility to all supporters of Lincolnview schools.


Sally Snyder

Residence: Galvin Road, Van Wert


Harrison Township trustee (2)

Lee H. Hoblet

Residence: Tully Harrison Road, Convoy

Age: 59

Relevant experience: Road experience for more than 13 years; ditch maintenance for seven years; experienced plowing snow

Education: 12 years

Years living in area: 56 years, including 37 at this address

Major issues: I will be responsible to the taxpayers. I will be available to perform any duties as required as trustee. I will when the road man when needed.


Dennis Hoover (incumbent)

Residence: Harrison Center Road, Van Wert

Age: 53

Relevant experience: Ending third term as trustee; road man for two years

Education: High school diploma

Years living in area: Lifelong resident

Major issues: Road maintenance and water or flooding issues are the largest problems in our township. We have purchased a Durapatcher to aid in road repairs to try to offset the high cost of repaving. We are always trying to upgrade or repave as many miles of roads as we can afford.



Daryl D. Strickler (incumbent)

Residence: State Route 49, Ohio City

Age: 55

Relevant experience: 20 years as trustee

Education: High school graduate

Years living in area: 33

Major issues: I believe that as a trustee, it is my job along with the other two trustees to see that the roads and cemeteries in our township are taken care of. I feel this is being accomplished very well at the present time. Also, I want to make sure that the residents of Harrison Township will have fire and EMS availability as long as we have it available to us.


Hoaglin Township trustee (2)

Ricky L. Ashbaugh

Residence: Convoy Road, Van Wert


Wayne Kemler

Residence: Hoaglin Center Road, Van Wert


Milo Schaffner

Residence: Wetzel Road, Van Wert


Jennings Township trustee (2)


Mike Hiett (incumbent)

Residence: State Route 81, Venedocia

Age: 49

Relevant experience: Have been a trustee for 12 years

Years living in area: Entire life

Major issues: We should keep the roads and cemeteries well-maintained with the very small budget we have.



Vernon Hobbs

Residence: State Route 116, Spencerville

Age: 48

Relevant experience: Venedocia council for 19 years; Spencerville athletic booster president for six years; Salem Presbyterian trustee for nine years

Years living in area: Lived in Jennings Township past 25 years

Major issues: My main focus will be on roadways, ditches, snow plowing and general maintenance of Jennings township if I am elected as trustee.


Noel D. Morris

Residence: Wren Landeck Road, Venedocia



Keith Savidge

Residence: Masters Road, Spencerville

Party: Republican

Age: 61

Relevant experience: Local business owner of farm machinery repair business for last 36 years

Education: 12 years

Years living in area: 61 years

Major issues: I hope to help improve the county and to keep things on track as far as what needs to be done.



Steve Sinindinger

Residence: Monticello Spencerville Road, Spencerville

Party: Republican

Age: 32

Relevant experience: I know and communicate with many of the township’s residents

Education: Graduate of Spencerville High School and Northwestern Business College with associate’s degree in auto/diesel mechanics.

Years living in area: 32

Major issues: I want to work with the taxpayers and residents in Jennings Township to maintain and improve the living conditions and resources of the township.


Pleasant Township trustee (2)

Gregory C. Germann

Residence: Emerson Road, Van Wert



Tim Mengerink (incumbent)

Residence: Old Tile Factory Road, Van Wert

Age: 47

Relevant experience: Four years as trustee, more than 30 years in general excavating, 15 years of service at the Van Wert County Engineer’s Office as bridge foreman

Education: 1981 graduate of Van Wert High School; graduate of Vantage Vocational School

Years living in area: 47

Major issues: My major issues fall under public safety, including quality and affordable fire and EMS service, safe driving conditions on public roads, snow and ice control, upgrading our road signs with high-intensity signs, roadside work including ditch layovers and drainage work and general road resurfacing.


Curt Schaffner

Residence: Woodland Avenue, Van Wert


Ridge Township trustee (2)


Roy E. Cooper

Residence: State Route 116, Van Wert

Age: 56

Relevant experience: Lifetime farmer, six years experience in quarries, three years for Ridge, 26 years as a school bus driver

Education: High school

Years living in area: 56

Major issues: I want to bring my experience to the Ridge Quarry and Ridge Township.


Scott Davis (incumbent)

Residence: Lincoln Highway, Van Wert

Party: Republican

Age: 34

Relevant experience: Worked on Boroff Road drainage project; chipping and sealing our township roads; 10 years caretaker of Ridge Cemetery

Education: Associate’s degree as diesel technician

Years living in area: Entire life



Brian Leathers

Residence: Hoaglin Center Road, Van Wert

Age: 50

Relevant experience: Worked on zoning board of appeals.

Education: High school graduate

Years living in area: 50

Major issues: I want to try to make Ridge Township an even better place to live by maintaining roads and handling all problems fairly. In March of 2009, one trustee resigned and prearranged with the other two trustees to appoint his son into this position privately. No announcement of this change or public input was announced, as it should have been. With this change came to light that the wife of the appointed trustee is training to become secretary of the township soon.

Along with this development, the appointed and his wife have been maintaining the township cemetery. All three positions pay well with benefits. These jobs need to be divided separately.

This is where my stand on fairness in our township needs to be dealt with. Other people living in our township are without jobs at this time. One family need not be taking over our township. What else has this family or the other trustees been getting at the cost of the township?


Bill Poe

Residence: Poe Road, Van Wert


Kim Zinn

Residence: Chenowith Road, Van Wert


Tully Township trustee (2)

Alan Beard

Residence: Payne Road, Convoy


Phil M. Kreischer (incumbent)

Residence: Convoy Road, Convoy

Age: 58

Relevant experience: 25 years experience with building roads, road drainage, road signs and maintenance of equipment, plowing snow, working within a budget and working with the public

Education: 12 years

Years living in area: 58

Major issues: I want to continue improving roads, road drainage, upgrading road signs, upgrading equipment and keeping a good maintenance program. We must work within the proposed budget and be responsible to taxpayers.


Jerry D. Parrish

Residence: Mentzer Church Road, Convoy


Jeff Wise

Residence: Dixon Cavett Road, Convoy


Union Township trustee (2)

Ryan Dicke

Residence: Richey Road, Van Wert

Party: Democrat

Age: 30

Education: Graduated from Crestview High School and Vantage Career Center

Years living in area: 30


Michael McOmber

Residence: Elm Sugar Road, Van Wert


Kent L. Rolsten

Residence: Liberty Union Road, Van Wert


Kent Taylor

Residence: Dixon Cavett Road, Convoy


William R. Walls

Residence: John Brown Road, Van Wert


Union Township trustee, unexpired term (1)

William E. Dowler

Residence: Feasby Wisener Road, Convoy


Gene D. Pool

Residence: Richey Road, Van Wert


Willshire Township trustee (2)

Kyle Gehres

Residence: Ainsworth Road, Ohio City


Bradley E. Michaud

Residence: Ainsworth Road, Willshire


Randy Oechsle

Residence: Glenmore Road, Ohio City


Marlin Schumm

Residence: Schumm Road, Willshire

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