BY D’ARCY EGAN
Beth Gillman has been a member of Port Clinton City Council since 2014, and recently filed with the Ottawa County Board of Elections to make the switch to the Ottawa County Courthouse, running against Nathan J. Daniels of Curtice, Ohio for Ottawa County Recorder.
They will be vying for a post that has been the domain of the legendary Virginia Parks, who is retiring at the end of her term after an amazing 32 years of service.
“I’ve enjoyed eight four-year terms,” said Parks, praised for her dedication and expertise in maintaining a complete, accurate and permanent record of every document pertaining to land within Ottawa County.
“I hope to follow in Virginia Parks’ footsteps and continue the work she has done,” said Gillman, 47. “I have a strong desire to educate others about what the office does. To me, communication and education of the public is very important.”
Gillman said she tells her husband, Brian, and children, Emmett, 15, Lissa, 18, and Evelyn, 21, she is best known as a volunteer.
“I’m a public servant, like my late parents, Chris and Marty Galvin, and follow their belief that it is important to be a volunteer in the community. Both of them spent the better part of their lives giving back to the community in so many ways.
“As a councilman, I maintain a Ward One page, where I frequently share information that may interest the residents of my ward, and the City of Port Clinton. I maintain my Port Clinton High School Class of 1991 page, the Ottawa County Beekeepers Page, the Lockwood Honey Page and post all across different social media venues.”
She said it is important that public understand why accurate county land records are necessary, not only as one lives, but in the process of death and property transfers.
“That is something i learned about with the passing of my mother this year,” said Gillman.
Gillman has been involved with such organizations as the Oak House, Bistro 163, Strength for the Journey, Ottawa County Senior Advisory Board and Main Street Port Clinton. She has been active with the Port Clinton Soccer Boosters, Port Clinton Baseball, the Ottawa County Democratic Party and the Port Clinton Democratic Party. On Port Clinton Council, she serves on the Laws, Rules and Ordinances; Emergency Services; and Finance committees.
Partisan candidates for the May 17 primary include:
Ottawa County Commissioner
Mark W. Stahl, Republican
Gary Quisno, Democrat
Ottawa County Commissioner
Mark E. Coppeler, Republican
Randy Schiets, Democrat
Ottawa County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge
Frederick C. Hany II, Republican
Dawn Haar, Democrat
Ottawa County Clerk of Common Pleas Court
John C. Klaehn, Republican
John A. Brikmanis, Democrat
Ottawa County Recorder
Nathan J. Daniels, Republican
Beth Gillman, Democrat
Ottawa County Treasurer
Anthony L. Hatmaker, Republican
Richard Scott Hines, Democrat
James VanEerten, a Republican, has filed for Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney. No partisan candidates have filed for Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge; Ottawa County Sheriff; Ottawa County Engineer; or Ottawa County Coroner. Nonpartisan and write-in candidates have until March 16 to file petitions to the Ottawa Country Board of Elections.