Mayoral roundup: Auglaize mayors face challenges


By Josh Ellerbrock - jellerbrock@limanews.com



Tom Stinebaugh

Tom Stinebaugh


MAYORAL RACES

While not every village or city will see a new mayor, many voters across the region will have a choice to keep or replace municipal leadership. Here’s the quick list of mayoral races and change-ups in the region. Note: A number of changes are due to retirements and only one candidate filing to fill the position.

Allen County

Delphos: Doug Mullenhour has filed to replace the current mayor, Josh Gillespie.

Harrod: Tony Blake has filed to replace the current mayor, Shannon Rumer.

Spencerville: Phil Briggs has filed to replace the current mayor, John Johnson.

Auglaize County

St Marys: Incumbent Mayor Pat McGowan is being challenged by write-in candidate Aaron Myers.

Wapakoneta: Incumbent Mayor Tom Stinebaugh is being challenged by write-in candidate Brandon Terrill.

Buckland: Incumbent Mayor Timothy Detty is being challenged by Daniel Lambert.

Cridersville: Incumbent Mayor Rick Walls is being challenged by Frank Oen.

New Bremen: Robert Parker and Craig Hoffman are vying for the position left open by the retirement of Mayor Jeffrey Pape.

Waysnefield: Incumbent Mayor Rodney Luma is being challenged by Michael Ridenour.

Putnam County

Fort Jennings: Incumbent Mayor James Smith is being challenged by Tony Recker.

Glandorf: Charles Schroeder has filed to replace the current mayor, Eugene Warnecke.

Leipsic: One of three three-way races in the region, Cher Barnes, Kevin Lammon and Tony Wobler will be vying to fill the position left by the current mayor, Kevin Benton.

Van Wert County

Van Wert: The second of the three-way races, Don Farmer, Joe Jared and Kenneth Markward will be competing to fill the position vacated by the current mayor, Gerald Mazur.

Middle Point: Incumbent Mayor Mark Dickman is being challenged by Kenneth Myers.

Venedocia: Vernon Hobbs and Matthew King will be running to replace Paul Price, who was appointed earlier this year to fill out the term vacated by Sarah Kimmet.

Ohio City: Jack Brown, a village councilor, has filed to replace Carol Miller.

Scott: Jeremy Akom and Clair Smith are running to fill the position to be vacated by the current mayor, Bryon Glass.

Hardin County

Kenton: Lynn Jones Webb, Joseph Hord and Tim Leffler will be vying to replace the current mayor, Randy Manns.

Alger: Incumbent Mayor James Summa is being challenged by Donald Hensley.

Dunkirk: Incumbent Mayor Teresa Cramer is being challenged by Pam Ruhlen.

Forest: Incumbent Mayor Tom Seem is being challenged by Dean Hankings.

Mt. Victory: Councilor Jerry Brose has filed to replace the current mayor, Michael Trout.

LIMA — Cities and villages across the region could see changes in leadership as many voters will be deciding if they want to see new mayors managing their local municipalities.

The largest cities to see challenges this election are Wapakoneta and St. Marys. Incumbents from both cities are facing competition from write-in candidates unsatisfied with the current direction of the cities.

In Wapakoneta, Brandon Terrill is looking to challenge incumbent Mayor Tom Stinebaugh. A political newcomer, Terrill said he is running to resolve infrastructure issues that often cause flooding in the City of Wapakoneta.

Terrill said he has seen almost continual flooding on his property due to underdeveloped ground retention and improperly engineered storm water system installed by the City of Wapakoneta. He’s seen similar situations from neighbors, and he has met with Wapakoneta City Council multiple times in the last three years to make his case. Despite his actions, Terrill, who works as a union pipefitter, said the issue has gone unresolved.

“(The City of Wapakoneta) has gone down different avenues that I would have chosen. What the mayor is doing now, what the local government is doing are all good things, but we need to re-prioritize the agenda.”

Outside of infrastructure issues, Terrill said he would also like to push for more affordable housing in the area, increase the growth of the local industrial park and help out small businesses.

“I had problems with the city in the past. I put myself in a position to change,” he said.

In response to Terrill, Stinebaugh said that heavy rain events have challenged the city’s stormwater infrastructure in the last few years, and the City of Wapakoneta has taken steps, including hiring an engineer to focus on the problem, in order to limit flooding and backups. Continuing to update sewer and stormwater infrastructure also tops the city’s list of future projects, Stinebaugh said, although the extent of the improvements will most likely take multiple years and millions of dollars to resolve.

Stinebaugh also took issue with Terrill’s actions in the past. When Terrill had appeared before Wapakoneta City Council, he had questioned the integrity of city councilors and alleged city officials of corruption, Stinebaugh said.

“How are you going to work with the same city council that you accused of taking brides?” Stinebaugh said. “I think it’s a valid question.”

As for the Stinebaugh’s record, the current mayor spoke positively about the last four years and highlighted Wapakoneta’s economic growth, the success of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and President Donald Trump’s recent visit to the area.

“It was a great four years. I have to believe that the mass majority of people are happy with what’s happening in Wapakoneta,” Stinebaugh said.

In St Marys, current mayor Patrick McGowan is being challenged by write-in candidate Aaron Myers.

Myers had earlier made the news after receiving a cease and desist letter from the city concerning a dirt go-kart track city residents had complained about. While the track is not illegal in St. Marys, city officials had sent Myers the letter warning him about the potential liability of people using the track.

Myers could not be reached for comment.

In an article by the St. Marys Evening Leader, Myers alleged the letter was proof of “city corruption”, and that he would be running as a write-in candidate to clean up the local government.

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By Josh Ellerbrock

jellerbrock@limanews.com

MAYORAL RACES

While not every village or city will see a new mayor, many voters across the region will have a choice to keep or replace municipal leadership. Here’s the quick list of mayoral races and change-ups in the region. Note: A number of changes are due to retirements and only one candidate filing to fill the position.

Allen County

Delphos: Doug Mullenhour has filed to replace the current mayor, Josh Gillespie.

Harrod: Tony Blake has filed to replace the current mayor, Shannon Rumer.

Spencerville: Phil Briggs has filed to replace the current mayor, John Johnson.

Auglaize County

St Marys: Incumbent Mayor Pat McGowan is being challenged by write-in candidate Aaron Myers.

Wapakoneta: Incumbent Mayor Tom Stinebaugh is being challenged by write-in candidate Brandon Terrill.

Buckland: Incumbent Mayor Timothy Detty is being challenged by Daniel Lambert.

Cridersville: Incumbent Mayor Rick Walls is being challenged by Frank Oen.

New Bremen: Robert Parker and Craig Hoffman are vying for the position left open by the retirement of Mayor Jeffrey Pape.

Waysnefield: Incumbent Mayor Rodney Luma is being challenged by Michael Ridenour.

Putnam County

Fort Jennings: Incumbent Mayor James Smith is being challenged by Tony Recker.

Glandorf: Charles Schroeder has filed to replace the current mayor, Eugene Warnecke.

Leipsic: One of three three-way races in the region, Cher Barnes, Kevin Lammon and Tony Wobler will be vying to fill the position left by the current mayor, Kevin Benton.

Van Wert County

Van Wert: The second of the three-way races, Don Farmer, Joe Jared and Kenneth Markward will be competing to fill the position vacated by the current mayor, Gerald Mazur.

Middle Point: Incumbent Mayor Mark Dickman is being challenged by Kenneth Myers.

Venedocia: Vernon Hobbs and Matthew King will be running to replace Paul Price, who was appointed earlier this year to fill out the term vacated by Sarah Kimmet.

Ohio City: Jack Brown, a village councilor, has filed to replace Carol Miller.

Scott: Jeremy Akom and Clair Smith are running to fill the position to be vacated by the current mayor, Bryon Glass.

Hardin County

Kenton: Lynn Jones Webb, Joseph Hord and Tim Leffler will be vying to replace the current mayor, Randy Manns.

Alger: Incumbent Mayor James Summa is being challenged by Donald Hensley.

Dunkirk: Incumbent Mayor Teresa Cramer is being challenged by Pam Ruhlen.

Forest: Incumbent Mayor Tom Seem is being challenged by Dean Hankings.

Mt. Victory: Councilor Jerry Brose has filed to replace the current mayor, Michael Trout.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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