Last Thursday, 54 area voters heard from 16 primary candidates about how they intended to work to make Morrow County a better place to live.
Six primary Republican races were represented by opposing candidates.
Candidate, Warren Davis stated that his main goal was to get the community involved, if elected for the County Commissioner Term beginning Jan. 3 of 2017. He noted his eight years of experience as a North Bloomfield Township Trustee.
His opponent, Dick Miller spoke about his 30 years of experience in the military, his business experience with Consolidated Electric Coop and noted his present term as County Commissioner.
In the race for the County Commissioner Term beginning Jan. 2, 2017, four primary candidates will appear on the ballot.
They include Burgess Castle, who owns several businesses, fought the landfill in Harmony Township and served in the Air Force; Dan Levering, who previously served as a member of the Cardington School Board for 21 years; Greg Mooney, a civil engineer, who worked in product design and served in the military; Dennis Leader, a financial advisor, who is concerned with protecting Morrow’s way of life, as he believes the county is set for much growth in the near future.
Candidate for County Prosecutor, Andrew Wick would like to seek more funds for children cases. He would also seek to attack the rising drug problems and drug related crimes.
Charles Howland spoke of his 27 years in the Prosecutor’s Office and noted success in several murder cases and a recent home invasion case. He spoke about the importance of respect for victims and working with them.
Candidate for Clerk of Courts, Kim Bood is a graduate of Ashland University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and has been Finance Director and Office Manager at Candlewood Lake Association.
Incumbent Clerk, Vanessa Mills spoke of her initiative to bring car title money to Morrow County, which increased revenue from zero balance in 2009 to $165,000 cash to carry over for 2016. She brought delinquent filings up-to-date within her first year in office.
In the Sheriff race, Tom Cronenwett spoke about his 22 years of experience in law enforcement. He has served for 19 years with the Mount Gilead Police Department and is a graduate of the North Central State College Police Academy.
Candidate, John Hinton currently serves as Cardington’s Police Chief and he has had 17 years of experience in law enforcement with 13 years in the Sheriff’s office. He is a graduate of Marion Law Enforcement Academy.
Wesley Goodman of Cardington was the only candidate present for the race for the 87th District State Representitive spot. Goodman said that he intends to work every day to make the state competitive and create more jobs. He attended Ohio Wesleyan and worked for Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan.
Three county women’s groups will collaborate for an additional candidate night Thursday, Feb. 4 for a mix and mingle at 6 p.m. and the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at the Morrow County Community Services Building at 619, Marion Rd. in Mount Gilead in the Conference Room at Entrance B.
The candidates’ night was sponsored by the Republican Women of Morrow County. The primary election is set for March 15.
There was standing room only for the Republican Women’s Candidate Night with 15 candidates for county office and one candidate for state office present.
Stojkovic is a correspondent for the Morrow County Sentinel and can be reached at [email protected]