Candidates file for local offices 5.21

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township voters will have one choice to make in the August primary election and one additional choice in November.

Two candidates will face off in the primary to determine who will appear on the November ballot for treasurer to replace Becky Metcalf who chose not to seek another term. Joy Simmons and Marie Meinke both filed as Democrats.

Two trustee candidates filed for two open positions. Incumbent Don Emmons will seek another term and Christopher White, who was appointed to fill a vacancy, will run for a full term.

Allison Ott was the only candidate to file for the clerk’s position that will be vacated by Kim Quist.

Republican John Gould and Democrat Johnathan Klumpp will vie for the township supervisor post in November. Kiel Plummer is not seeking another term.

In Medina Township, only the incumbents are seeking additional terms: supervisor James Craig; clerk Suzette Burk; treasurer Ruth Ann Mansfield; and trustees George Cleghorn and Jack Quigley. Burk had been appointed to fill a vacancy created by Ron Merillat’s resignation.

Morenci voters will see only one city candidate on the November ballot. Greg Braun, who was recently appointed to fill a vacancy, filed a petition to remain on council.

The list of Lenawee County Sheriff candidates ended at eight. County jail corrections officer Thomas Popejoy was the final candidate to file. He joins four other Democratic candidates: Morenci police chief Larry Weeks, undersheriff Gail Dotson, community corrections coordinator Al Navarro and probation officer Steven Beaubien.

On the Republican side, retired sheriff’s captain Jack Welsh, lieutenant Cletus Smith and Adrian police officer John Birdwell will face off in August.

 

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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
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    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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