PAULDING – Mark Holtsberry, a resident of Jackson Township, has announced that he is running as a Republican candidate for Paulding County commissioner in the primary.
Holtsberry serves as president of the Paulding County Health Board as well as president of the Paulding Community Fire Department.
A lifelong resident of Paulding County, he and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 30 years. They are the parents of three children, Chelsea, 25, Lauren, 21, and Nathan, 19.
His family has been actively involved in 4-H, Wayne Trace Athletic Boosters, band, fine arts programs and the Crippled Children’s Marathon for 34 years.
He has done extensive research of Paulding County’s war veterans and cemetery restoration in his own township. Holtsberry’s ancestors have been in this county for over 160 years.
Holtsberry has a reputation of “fixing broken programs” or starting up a program that had been closed. He is currently employed at the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), as an education specialist who also takes care of the county-owned Black Swamp Nature Center and 52 acres of park.
He has taken pride in knowing what he does either educates or brightens up someone’s life. He knows what it feels like to be unemployed, underemployed, or working multiple jobs to make ends meet to pay all the bills and raise a family. He vows to be the watchman of the people’s money.
As an educator and self-employed business owner and an elected official, he has the experience of working with and communicating with people.
“You have to listen to what customers or individuals are saying, and sometimes what they are not saying, in order to create an understanding or trustful bond with them,” said Holtsberry.
“You can count on an honest response that is respectful to the taxpayers’ ideas and thoughts.”
In closing, Holtsberry has put together three thoughts that he feels would make him a good county commissioner.
1. Integrity – Being honest, truthful, understanding, giving, helpful and faithful to all residents of Paulding County.
2. Experience – Knowledge of township and county governments, years of positive working relationships with elected officials. He said, “I am a middle-aged individual who has ‘been there, done that’ and still does it, the old fashioned way. I earn it.”
3. Compromise without sacrifice – “I will not give up my morals, ethics, self-respect or friendships to get a result that could be shameful to the residents, friends or families of this county.”
Holtsberry concluded, “I am looking forward to meeting more of our wonderful residents of Paulding County. Thank-you for the wonderful support you have shown me these past few months.”
The primary election will be held Tuesday, May 6.