Louis Fahrbach may have made history after being elected to Northwood City Council on Tuesday.
At just 22-years-old, Fahrbach appears to be the youngest person ever elected to council.
Fahrbach said his research with the Wood County Board of Elections shows that to be the case.
“I think I can bring a young, business mindset to the community,” said the Business Administration major at Tiffin University. “Hopefully, we can get some things changed.”
A 2010 graduate of Northwood High School, Fahrbach attributed his win to an aggressive door-to-door campaign.
“I enjoyed talking to Northwood voters. It was a blast. I learned a lot. I’m still going to have to learn a lot being on council. But it truly was a great learning experience,” he said.
He also praised his supporters.
“I had great volunteers who helped me along the way. It was definitely a team effort,” said Farhbach.
His goal, he added, was to win “in the 20 percent range.”
He not only accomplished that feat, he received the highest vote count, with 28.69 percent of the ballots cast, more than incumbents Connie Sue Hughes, at 16.92 percent, and Randy Kozina, at 20.26 percent, who were re-elected to council, according to unofficial results from the Wood County Board of Elections.
Fahrbach has also made his mark in sports. He is the only golfer in Northwood High School history to make the state tournament. He finished tied for 16th and was honorable mention All-Ohio his senior year. After high school he received a two year full ride scholarship to Owens Community College to play golf. He expects to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Tiffin University next May.
Since 2012, Fahrbach has worked at the Maumee Bay Turf Center, where he is the lead project estimator, social media director, and head salesman for Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.
“I deal with customer communications, which puts me in direct contact with athletic directors and business managers who work for area school districts. Working at Maumee Bay Turf Center has taught me how to work with customers and understand the issues small businesses face on a daily basis,” he said.
Since 2010, he has coached Northwood’s 7th grade boys’ basketball team.
He was also an assistant coach for the Junior Varsity/Varsity teams.
“This year, I am excited to transition into the head coach position for the Northwood freshman team,” he said.
The youngest of four children, Fahrbach said he watched the news with his parents on a regular basis, which got him interested in current events.
“Over time, my interest in public service began to grow,” he said.
Eventually, he started attending city council and various committee meetings. “I’ve always had a keen interest in just being involved in my community. That’s how my parents brought me up – to always be willing to lend someone a hand, and give back to others. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
He was selected by council to be a member of the Charter Review Committee, and he is on the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Faith, he said, is important to him. His father was a pastor at Trinity Grace Brethren Church in Northwood.
“He taught me a very important principle: Do unto others as you would have them do to you. While easy to understand, it’s not always easy to practice,” he said.
He is currently a member of the Grace Brethren Chapel in Gibsonburg, where he teaches the youth group every Sunday morning.
On his Facebook feed, posted soon after the election, Fahrbach thanked his supporters.
“As I reflect on the last several months, two things have become clear: Any person, regardless of age or other perceived limitation, can make a positive difference for the community, and to make such changes possible, the entire community must act. I look forward to working with other members of city council to attract new businesses and residents to our wonderful city. Thank you again to everyone who has supported me on this journey thus far,” he stated.
On his Facebook page, many people congratulated him, including former Mayor Dennis Ebel, who said “Congratulations. Now make us proud!”