|First primary election ballot to feature 1 contested race|
By MELINDA KRICK
One county office that will be left vacant by its current office holder will be contested in the spring primary.
Dec. 7 was the candidates’ filing deadline for the election, which will be held March 6. The candidates remain unofficial until the election board meets on Thursday, Dec. 15 to review petitions for certification.
Four persons have filed for the commissioner’s term that commences Jan. 2, 2013. Tony Burkley is not seeking re-election for another term because he is running as a Republican candidate for state representative in the 82nd District.
Those filing for office were: Democrat Robert L. Boyd of Paulding, and Republicans Roy W. Klopfenstein of Haviland, Kim K. Sutton of Paulding and Jerry L. Zielke of Antwerp.
Incumbent Tony Zartman of Payne was the only candidate to file for the county commissioner’s seat whose term commences Jan. 3, 2013. The Republican will be unopposed in the primary.
Current Sheriff David Harrow is not running for re-election. Only one candidate has filed for the office, Jason K. Landers of Antwerp.
Also filing for re-election – all unopposed – were six county officials: Republican Joseph R. Burkard of Antwerp for prosecuting attorney; Democrat Ann E. Pease of Paulding for clerk of courts; Democrat Carol E. Temple of Paulding for county recorder; Republican Lou Ann Wannemacher of Payne for county treasurer; Republican Travis McGarvey of Paulding for county engineer; and Republican Joseph M. Kuhn of Payne for coroner.
Independent candidates for any of these county offices must file for the November General Election by 4 p.m. March 5.
No tax levies or other ballot issues were filed by Dec. 7.
The primary ballot also will include candidates for Republican and Democratic County Central Committees as well as primary candidates for several state offices.
Currently, Ohio plans to hold two primary elections – the one March 6 and another for president and U.S. House of Representatives on June 12. Local ballot issues could be included in the second primary.
If you have any questions, you may call the Board of Elections office at 419-399-8230.
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