NAPOLEON -- A race for one of two open seats for Henry County commissioner will be decided by voters in the Nov. 3 general election.
Incumbent Richard Myers, who has served as a commissioner since 2009, is facing opposition from republican candidate Glenn Miller for a four-year term that begins Jan. 2, 2013. Incumbent commissioner Robert Hastedt, who has also served since 2009, is running unopposed for a term that begins Jan. 3.
Both candidates enter the race having previously held elected offices. Myers has served as a township trustee while Miller has served as a Napoleon city councilman.
The following are profiles of the candidates:
Name: Richard Myers
Address: S-246 Township Road 5B, Liberty Center
Education: Liberty Center High School, 1967; Bowling Green State University, 1971
Family: wife, Pat; daughters, Lisa and Andrea; and son, Tim
Occupation: Farmer, owner of software company
Previous elected offices: Township trustee
Party affiliation: Democrat
Reason for seeking office: I enjoy the job and consider it an honor and privilege to represent the citizens of Henry County
Qualifications for the position: My experience as a township trustee and business experiences would serve me well with the development which certainly lies ahead on the U.S. 24 and CSX corridors.
Top goals and how you expect to achieve them: 1). To have a well-thought out plan for the creation of job through the development of the U.S. 24 and CSX corridors by working together with all interested parties. 2). To continue having a balanced budget and being vigilant to what is happening both locally and in Columbus. 3). To be involved with discussions on leasing the turnpike and the development of the gas and oil/severance tax at the state level.
Name: Glenn Miller
Address: 513 W. Washington St., Napoleon
Education: Archbold High School, 1973; University of Pikeville, 1990
Family: wife, Paula; daughter Tiffany; son, Aaron
Occupation: Interim director of the Community Improvement Corporation of Henry County; president of QG Integrated LLC.
Previous elected offices: City of Napoleon councilman
Party affiliation: Republican
Reason for seeking office: We are blessed to have made the choice to make Henry County our home, our place to work and worship. My goal is to make Henry County the best it can be now and for the future. I choose to help make Henry County better for our children, grandchildren and future generations of our families.
Qualifications for the position: I have a unique perspective with owning a business and being involved in local government. I can see where government needs to move at the speed of business when necessary, yet provide stability the rest of the time. Now is the time for governmental units on all levels to look for the opportunities to cooperate and collaborate on projects and services where it makes sense. It will take some time to foster these working relationships and I have the ability to do this. My extensive business background and many years of trusted local government experience have shown my ability to make sound decisions and be fiscally responsible.
Top goals and how you expect to achieve them: I have a track record of success in working for the people of Henry County. I will concentrate on fostering successful working relationship between governmental bodies. I will also take a measured approach to development which will not put our tax dollars at risk. Henry County has a great opportunity with the opening of the U.S. 24 corridor as well as opportunity with the CSX Intermodal Facility in North Baltimore for the southeastern part of the county. The timing is right for this development, we are not ahead or behind the curve, but if we wait opportunities will pass us by. We need to make the resources available to those who are responsible for economic development can work and be successful.