7 File For 2 BOE Spots

ST. MARYS — Seven people competing for a pair of board of education spots highlight a packed ballot in November.

Local voters will have a bevy of issues and candidates to choose from during the General Election, scheduled for Nov. 1. Seven people filed petitions for the two open St. Marys Board of Education spots as of the 4:30 p.m. deadline Wednesday. Those who filed included: Keith D. Jacobs, 2209 Auburn Drive, Kenneth J. Koverman, 1128 Holly St., John B. Lampert, 14581 State Route 66, Brian A. Little, 321 Sturgeon St., Ronda L. Shelby, 1121 Neil Ave., Josie Slater, 209 S. Main St., and Bob Valentine, 107 N. Wayne St.

Two other local school districts also will feature contested races. In New Bremen, Scott Bertke, 28 S. Franklin St., Kami Fox, 5242 Southland Road, Troy Grillot, 18000 E. Shelby Road, Robert D. Parker, 131 Reed St., and Timothy A. Paul, 5663 E. Shelby Road, will face off for two open seats.

In New Knoxville, Steven Frankenberg, 6401 Lock Two Road, Philip Kuck, 108 W. German St., and Ryan K. Miltner, 6507 New Bremen-New Knoxville Road, are seeking two open seats. In Minster, Kurt Forsthoefel, 14 Miami Erie Drive, and Katrina M. Nixon, 3 Settlers Lane, are running for two open seats.

The village of New Bremen has uncontested races as Mayor Jeff Pape and Councilors Craig J. Hoffman and John T. Schwartz are running unopposed.

The village of New Knoxville also has uncontested races as Mayor Keith Leffel and Councilors Mark L. Howe and Andrew P. Roettger are unopposed.

The village of Minster has a contested race for council as Nicole A. Clune, 3931 State Route 119, Thomas C. Herkenhoff, 46 S. Frankfort St., and Randall Huelsman, 40 W. Fifth St., face off for two seats. Mayor Dennis Kitzmiller is unopposed.

There were no new candidates who filed for council elections in the city of St. Marys and that slate remained unchanged. The city will have contested races for mayor and councilor-at-large.

Several local issues also will dot the ballot in the area. The village of New Knoxville will have a five-year, 2 mill replacement levy for fire and EMS protection. Residents in the Minster School District will vote on a five-year, 0.8 mill renewal levy for permanent improvements.

In St. Marys, voters will cast ballots for two local options — one to allow Sunday sales at JT’s Brew and Grill and one to allow Sunday sales at Beer Barrel.

Petitions will be certified by the Auglaize County Board of Elections during its meeting Friday.