Wheeler candidacy still up in air

Feb 22, 2019 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

All of the Port Clinton candidates have filed petitions with the Ottawa County Board of elections to run for office this year except for one. Mayor Hugh Wheeler Jr. has yet to announce if he’ll seek a second term. He was unavailable for comment on Tuesday.

Because Wheeler had run as an independent in the past, he does not have to file a petition until May 6, one day before the spring primary. The other candidates had petitions verified on Feb. 14 for the general election on Nov. 5.

Wheeler has not pulled petitions from the board, said Director Carol Ann Hill, but could do so online. Hill said the only petition that was denied was submit- ted by John Cerbus, a Republican candidate for Port Clinton Council At-Large. His petition was improperly filled out, said Hill.

The lone Republican on the Port Clinton ballot is Mike Snider, the only announced candidate for may- or. Democrats running unopposed are Lisa Sarty for council president, Cole Hatfield for auditor, and Jerry Tarolli, Pat Hovis and Roseann Hickman for council at- large.

Long-time Law Director George C. Wilber has decided not run again. No one has yet filed a petition to replace Wilber.

Louis Wargo III, the Ottawa County Municipal Court magistrate for 16 years, is running for Ottawa County Municipal Court Judgeship after Judge Frederick Hany II, decided not to seek another term. Wargo is running against Port Clinton attorney Michael Bassett.

Levies on the ballot include three from the BCS Schools, including a 3.9 mill renewal for current expenses, a 1.2 mill renewal for permanent improvements and a 1% income tax for current expenses.

Portage Township has filed for 2.5 mills over five years for fire and EMS. Woodmore Schools has filed for a 5 mill renewal for emergency funding.

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