Candidates run for township seats in Putnam Co.

By Jennifer Peryam -

Robert Knott

Robert Knott

Darren Schimmoeller

Darren Schimmoeller

Steve Elkins

Daniel Honigford

Virgil Miller

Joseph Wehri

Kim Okuley

Repairing roads, supporting farmers and spending money wisely are goals of Jackson, Monroe and Monterey Township trustee candidates.

There are two candidates, Robert Knott and Darren Schimmoeller running for Jackson township, two candidates, Steve Elkins and Kim Okuley seeking the Monroe Township seats and three candidates, Daniel Honigford, Virgil Miller and Joseph Wehri seeking the Monterey Township seats.

Jackson Township Trustee

Robert Knott is seeking political office as Jackson Township trustee for the first time.

Knott, 53, is married to Connie and he has a stepson. Knott is a farmer and farms beans, corns and wheat.

He currently is employed at K&M Tire, Delphos.

Knott is a life-long Kalida resident and decided to run for the seat after he was approached to run.

“I have always wanted to run for a public office and thought this was a good chance,” Knott said.

He said he feels the township is run well and he would like to keep things going with the two other trustees.

Knott said his goals are to help the township with road improvements and signage and maintenance.

Darren Schimmoeller is running for political office for the first time and hoping to use his civil engineering background if he is elected to the Jackson Township trustee seat.

Schimmoeller, 49, is married to Julie and they have three children. He is a civil engineer and project engineer at Nutrien, Lima.

“I have always wanted to use my background in civil engineering and farm drainage to serve in political office,” Schimmoeller said. His father owned a farm drainage business for 40 years and Schimmoeller worked with him and then at Ohio Department of Transportation in Lima for 25 years as a design engineer, designing roadways and highways, drainage systems and bridges.

Monroe Township Trustee

Steve Elkins is seeking the Monroe Township trustee seat and hoping to use his experience as serving on the Continental Volunteer Fire Department.

Elkins, 63, has lived in Continental since he was 11. He previously worked at Socar Inc./New Millennium Building Systems in shipping and logistics in Continental for 40 years, retiring this past March. The plant closed in Continental and he was transferred to Butler, Indiana. He is married to Anita and they have two sons and seven grandchildren.

He filled in for the trustee position for six months 10 years ago when he finished a term for a council member who moved away.

“I have the time to put in to do it. I am very involved with the community and want to help as much as I can,” Elkins said.

Issues that are important to him are making sure the budget is spent wisely and roads are maintained.

As far as supporting the business community, he said that is important to progress the businesses.

Elkins has served on the fire department for 42 years and was a firefighter for Continental Volunteer Fire Department. He currently is the fire chief, serving for 22 years.

Kim Okuley is seeking a third term as a Monroe Township trustee.

Okuley, 63, has lived in Continental his entire life. He is married to Suzanne and they have four children and six grandchildren. He attended Continental Grade School and graduated from Continental High School in 1974. He currently sells agriculture equipment at Homier & Sons, Continental.

Working in the ag business, he said Continental is a farming community and he works with farmers on their water and drainage issues.

“We try to keep our roads maintained so they can get their crops out,” Okuley said.

Monterey Township Trustee

Dan Honigford is seeking the Monterey Township trustee seat and he has served on the Board of Public Affairs in Ottoville for the past seven years.

Honigford, 67, said the public affairs board is in charge of taking care of water issues in Ottoville. He is married to Ruth and they have three children who are married and seven grandchildren.

He was self-employed and owned a business, D&R Ag Repair, he recently sold and retired. He also retired two years ago from Ottoville Volunteer Fire Department after serving for 35 years.

“I decided I have time to dedicate to serving Monterey Township in another way,” Honigford said.

If elected, he would like to keep road and ditch maintenance ongoing and take care of any drainage problems. His main goal is to take care of residents who live out in the country as well as in town.

“Being on the fire department and working on the fundraisers and social functions has allowed me to get to know people,” Honigford said.

Virgil Miller is seeking a sixth term as a Monterey Township trustee to continue to serve the township to the best of his ability.

Miller, 80, has four children and nine grandchildren.

He decided to seek re-election and said he enjoys it and has plenty of time to serve. He retired from Delpha Chevrolet in 2004, where he worked for 44 years.

“I like to help people with problems they might have and keeping the roads up and plowing snow,” Miller said.

Joe Wehri is seeking political office for the first time as Monterey Township trustee and hopes to bring his business background to the position.

Wehri, 58, has lived in Cloverdale all his life. He earned an electronics engineering degree in 1982 from ITT Technical Institute. He is married to Joyce and they have two sons and two grandchildren.

He is the owner and operator of Wehri Farm Drainage.

“Business is slowing down with the winter and I have acquired a partner and I am looking forward to working with the people in the township,” Wehri said.

Robert Knott Knott
Darren Schimmoeller Schimmoeller
Steve Elkins Elkins
Daniel Honigford Honigford
Virgil Miller Miller
Joseph Wehri Wehri
Kim Okuley Okuley

By Jennifer Peryam

Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.

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