Sheriff's race, commissioner seats highlight Putnam County ballot

By CHUCK MARTINEZ-BRANDONmartinez@crescent-news.com Published:

OTTAWA -- Putnam County residents will decide several levy issues along with a trio of contested races in Tuesday's general election.

In the public official arena, two of the three county commissioner seats are up for grabs along with the county sheriff's post.

In the sheriff's race, Democratic incumbent Jim Buetler looks to retain the job he has had since 2001, but is being challenged by Republican Michael Chandler.

Buetler has worked with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office since 1976 after a four-year career with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Chandler is also a veteran of the sheriff's office, having recently retired after 25 years of service. Chandler, a Fort Jennings High School alumni, graduated in 1983 from the Ohio Peace Officer Basic School and is seeking office for the first time.

In the commissioners' races, the seat with a term commencing Jan. 2, 2013, sees four individuals vying for votes.

The incumbent is Republican Travis Jerwers, who is looking to earn his second four-year term as county commissioner after being voted in by county residents for the first time in 2009.

But seeking to unseat Jerwers are Democrat Mark Schmiedebusch and Independents Michael Lammers and Dan Honigford.

Schmiedebusch is a newcomer to the political arena, but is familiar with county affairs, having been involved in the insurance business in Ottawa for more than 30 years.

Lammers is also a newcomer to county politics, but brings 25 years of business experience to the table as the owner/operator of his own business.

Honigford is familiar to the public service arena with stints as Ottoville's fire chief as well as a seat on the village's public affairs/water board on his resume.

The second commissioner's spot features just two candidates seeking a four-year term commencing Jan. 3, 2012.

Vincent Schroeder is looking to win his third term in the commissioners office after being initially voted in by county residents in 2005. Meanwhile, Schroeder's opponent, Barry Woodyard, looks to put his years of business experience to good use in what would be his first elected office.

Putnam County residents will have a trio of countywide issues to decide.

The most talked about levy on the ballot is the .69-mill, five-year additional levy for fire protection. The levy will help "provide and maintain fire apparatus and appliances, specifically a fire aerial ladder platform truck and heavy rescue vehicles," for the county.

The second countywide levy is a .6-mill, five-year replacement levy to aid in the county's senior citizen services provided by the Putnam County Council on Aging Inc., while the third levy is a .5-mill, five-year renewal for funds for the Putnam County General Health District.

Putnam voters also will help decide two state issues (1 and 2) as well as races for state and federal offices, including U.S. president, the 5th U.S. Congressional District and the new 81st Ohio House District.

The 81st comes into being in 2013, and will include Henry, Putnam and Williams counties as well as the southeast corner of Fulton County. At present those locations are part of the 74th and 75th House districts.

The candidates for the 81st District are Republican Lynn Wachtmann -- the 75th House District's current incumbent -- and Democrat John Vanover.

Races and issues to decide in Putnam County, include:

County offices

Judge of Common Pleas Probate/Juvenile Division

(unexpired term ending 2/8/15)

Michael Borer

County Commissioner

(term commencing 1/2/2013)

(elect one)

Daniel Honigford (I)

Travis Jerwers (R-inc.)

Michael Lammers (I)

Mark Schmiedebusch (D)

County Commissioner

(term commencing 1/3/2013)

(elect one)

Vince Schroeder (R-inc.)

Barry Woodyard (I)

Treasurer

Tracy Warnecke (R-inc.)

Coroner

Anna Horstman (R-inc.)

Engineer

Terrence Recker (R-inc.)

Recorder

Cathy Recker (R-inc.)

Prosecuting Attorney

Gary Lammers (D-inc.)

Sheriff

Jim Beutler (D-inc.)

Michael Chandler (R)

Clerk of Courts

Teresa Lammers (D-inc.)

State office

1st Senate District

(elect one)

Cliff Hite (R-inc., appt.)

81st House District

(elect one)

John Vanover (D)

Lynn Wachtmann (R)

Ohio Supreme Court Justice

(term commencing 1/1/13)

(elect one)

Mike Skindell

Terrence O'Donnell (inc.)

Ohio Supreme Court Justice

(term commencing 1/2/13)

(elect one)

William O'Neill

Robert Cupp (inc.)

Ohio Supreme Court Justice

(unexpired term)

(elect one)

Yvette McGee Brown (inc., appt.)

Sharon Kennedy

3rd District Court of Appeals Judge

(elect one each party)

John Willamowski (inc.)

District 1 State Board of Education

Stanley Jackson

Ann Jacobs (inc.)

Federal office

President

(elect one)

Barack Obama (D-inc.)

Mitt Romney (R)

Steward Alexander (Socialist)

Virgil Goode (Constitution)

Richard Duncan (I)

Gary Johnson (Libertarian)

Jill Stein (Green)

U.S. Senator

(elect one)

Sherrod Brown (D-inc.)

Josh Mandel (R)

Scott Rupert (I)

U.S. Representative 5th District

(elect one each party)

Angela Zimmann (D)

Bob Latta (R-inc.)

Eric Eberly (Libertarian)

Tax, ballot issues

Belmore Village: renewal of a 6-mill, five-year levy for current expenses.

Dupont Village: renewal of a 1-mill, five-year levy for current expenses.

Dupont Village: renewal of a 1.5-mill, five-year levy for current expenses.

Kalida Village: advisory on construction and operation of wind turbines in industrially zoned areas of the village.

Leipsic Village: renewal of a .6-mil, five-year levy for fire protection.

Ottawa Village: renewal of a 1.1-mill, five-year levy for fire protection.

Ottawa Village: proposed ordinance asking if village should have authority to aggregate the retail electric loads located in the village.

Ottawa Village: proposed ordinance asking if village should have authority to aggregate the retail natural gas loads located in the village.

Blanchard Township: replacement of 1-mill, five-year levy for fire protection.

Jackson Township Fort Jennings Fire District: renewal of a .8-mill, five-year levy for fire protection.

Jackson Township Kalida Fire District: renewal of a 1.35-mill, five-year levy for fire protection.

Jackson Township Ottoville Fire District: renewal of a 1-mill, five-year levy for fire protection.

Jennings Township: renewal of a .1.5-mill, five-year levy for fire protection.

Liberty Township: replacement of a 1.25-mill, five-year levy for fire protection and EMS services.

Pleasant Township: renewal of a .4-mill, five-year levy for fire protection

Riley Township: replacement of a .75-mill, five-year levy for fire protection.

Sugar Creek Township: replacement of a 1-mill, five-year levy for roads.

Van Buren Township: replacement of a 2-mill, five-year levy for fire protection.

Apollo Career Center Joint Vocational School District: additional bond issues and tax levy.

Vantage Career Center Joint Vocational School District: renewal of a .8-mill, five-year levy for current expenses.

Ottawa-Glandorf Local School District: renewal of a .1.5-mill, five-year levy for general permanent improvements.

Pandora-Gilboa Local School District: renewal of a .75-percent, five-year income tax for current expenses.

Putnam County: an additional .69-mill, five-year levy for fire protection.

Putnam County Council on Aging Inc.: replacement for a .6-mill, five-year levy for senior citizen services.

Putnam County General Health District: renewal of a .5-mill, five-year levy for health programs.

State Issue 1: A proposal to convene a constitutional convention to revise, alter or amend the Ohio Constitution.

State Issue 2: A proposal to create a state-funded commission to draw legislative and congressional districts.

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