Putnam county probate judge, recorders office candidates face opposition

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@limanews.com

OTTAWA — Several candidates have filed for the March 17 primary in Putnam County with candidates of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas probate/juvenile division and county recorder facing opposition.

Cathy Recker, current Putnam County recorder, stated she is not seeking re-election. Her husband, Troy has filed with the BOE office to run for the position as well as Lori Rayle, who currently works in the recorders office and Dawn Maag, who currently is employed in the prosecutor’s office.

The Lima News reported in August that Cathy Recker said she did not have plans to resign. Cathy has served as the county recorder since 2005.

A letter surfaced signed by her husband in August that said “It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of my wife Cathy’s intent to step down as the Putnam County Recorder due to a debilitating illness.”

The letter states “In the interest of the residents of Putnam County, the Republican Party and the employees of the recorder’s office we respectfully request your support to appoint me (Troy) to fill the vacancy of the unexpired term.”

Incumbents who have filed and are currently running unopposed as of Thursday are Gary Lammers, prosecuting attorney, Michael Lammers and Vincent Schroeder, county commissioners, Michael Lenhart, county engineer and Kim Redman, clerk of court of Common Pleas, Brian Siefker, sheriff and Tracy Warnecke, county treasurer.

Candidates have until 4 p.m. Dec. 18 to file for office and can do so by visiting the Putnam County Board of Election office at 575 Ottawa Glandorf Road Suite 2, Ottawa, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

According to BOE records, Matthew Cunningham, attorney at law for Cunningham Law Office, has filed for the Judge of the Court of Common Pleas probate/juvenile division. Incumbent Mike Borer has not yet filed, but he said in a telephone interview Thursday that he plans to file Friday.


By Jennifer Peryam


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