Wood County: Election features familiar names, fewer competitive races

By: 
Larry Limpf

News Editor
news@prespublications.com

Voters in Lake Township will see two familiar names on the Nov. 7 ballot in the race for one open seat on the board of trustees.
Melanie Bowen-Greenwald, a former trustee, and Buddy Ritson, the township’s fiscal officer, are vying for the seat.
The current incumbent holding the seat, Ken Gilsdorf, isn’t seeking re-election.
Bowen-Greenwald held a seat on the board for four terms before deciding in 2015 not to run for a fifth term.
Ritson was elected fiscal officer in 2019, replacing Vicki Schwamberger, who didn’t seek re-election.
Jodi Penny is the only candidate on the ballot for the fiscal officer position.
In the Village of Walbridge, incumbent mayor Ed Kolanko is unopposed in his bid for another term and Karen Baron, an incumbent, and Thomas Urbina are the only candidates for two seats on village council.
Urbina was recently appointed to a seat on council vacated by Vicki Canales-Pratt. That seat’s term expires at the end of the year.
There are no competitive races in the Village of Millbury where incumbents, mayor Michael Timmons and clerk-treasurer Gretchen Densic, are unopposed in their races and Michael Mikolajczyk is the only candidate for two seats on village council.
In the Village of Luckey, mayor Cory Panning is unopposed but there are three persons vying for two council seats: Robert Bennett, Richard Heilman, an incumbent, and Alison Okenka.
In the Village of Pemberville, incumbent Carol Bailey faces a challenge from Dennis Henline in the race for the mayor’s office.
Three persons are vying for two seats on village council: William Kuhlman, Susan Rahe, an incumbent, and Patricia Rollins, an incumbent.
Two persons, Dean Krukemeyer and Kim Long, are running for two seats on the village board of public affairs.
There are no competitive races in Freedom Township. Incumbent trustee Kent Schuerman is unopposed and Julie Getz, the incumbent, is the only candidate for fiscal officer.
One of the more competitive races is in Troy Township where four candidates are running for one trustee seat: Cory Clay, Kelley Knitz, John Nissen, and John Strayer.
Laura Abke and Joey Marten are seeking the fiscal officer’s position.

School board races
Three persons are running for two seats on the Lake school board: Margene Akenberger, a former board member who served from 2000 to 2010, John Ervin, an incumbent, and Darrel Wagner.
One decision the next school board will face is finding a replacement for superintendent Jim Witt, who is retiring next year.
There is no competition for seats on the Eastwood school board. Randy Rothenbuhler and Ashley Culp are the only candidates for two seats with full terms and Darlene Krukemyer is the sole candidate for a seat with an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2025.

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