2008-02-27 / News

Fulton County Unopposed Candidates

Sandra Barber Sandra Barber Of the seven unopposed candidates in the Fulton County Republican Primary for Tuesday, March 4, six returned questionnaires to this newspaper.

No Democratic candidates filed for any of the positions. County Recorder (Republican Primary)

Name: Sandra K. Barber Resides in: Wauseon

Incumbent? Yes

Family: Husband James; children Matthew, Caroline, Joel

Native of: Defiance; Wauseon resident 36 years

Education: 1965 Stryker High School graduate; attended Bowling Green State University Extension, Bryan

Present employment: Fulton County Recorder

Other experience: Office administrator, law firm of Barber, Kaper, Stamm & Robinson, 10 years

Civic public projects: Wauseon Civil Service Commission; secretary, Fulton County Health Center Board; Farmers & Merchants State Bank Advisory Board; Habitat for Humanity Board of Trustees of Fulton County; chair, Fulton County Republican Committees; former member and past chair, Ohio Lottery Commission

Mary Gype Mary Gype Affiliations: past president, Exchange Club of Wauseon; Fulton County Farm Bureau; Fulton County Township Association, Ohio Recorders Association; International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Elected Officials and Treasurers; Christ United Methodist Church, Wauseon

Previously held public office: Wauseon Board of Education, 1980-1984

Comments: Barber said her objectives are to continue to upgrade the computerized counter indexing software, and advance to electronic filing.

- - - Court Of Common Pleas, Probate/ Juvenile Divisions (Republican Primary)

Name: Michael J. Bumb Resides in: Wauseon

Incumbent? Yes

Family: Wife Lisa; children Alexandria, Meridith, Olivia, Frank, Jeremy, Bridget

Native of Bellevue; Wauseon resident 29 years

Darrell Merillat Darrell Merillat Education: 1971 Mansfield St. Peters High School graduate; bachelor of arts, history, Ohio State University, 1975; juris doctorate, University Toledo, 1978

Present employment: Court of Common Pleas, Probate/ Juvenile Divisions

Other experience: Former chief assistant prosecuting attorney, 1978-1985

Civic public projects: Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention, Training & Rehabilitation facility; Big Brothers- Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio; Family First Council

Affiliations: Fulton County & Ohio Bar Associations; Ohio & National Probate Judges Association; Ohio & National Juvenile Judges Association; American Judges Association, Fulton County Farm Bureau; St. Caspar's Catholic Church, Wauseon

Comments: Bumb said he will continue "to seek to reduce juvenile crime, and operate the court in a cost-effective manner."

- - - County Clerk of Courts (Republican Primary)

Name: Mary Gype Resides in: Wauseon Incumbent? Yes

Bev Schlosser Bev Schlosser Family: Husband, Jim; children Jeff, Jana

Native of: Wauseon, lifelong resident

Education: Wauseon High School graduate; advanced education certificate from the national association in 1999

Present employment: Fulton County Clerk of Courts

Other experience: Bookkeeper, 20 years, Gype Motor Sales; active in the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association and its educational meetings

Civic public projects: Worked on many civic projects through the years; volunteer summer ball coach; Citizen of the Year, 1987

Affiliations: Fulton County Republican Women; Township Trustees Association; Ohio Clerk of Courts Association

Previously held public office: eight years, Wauseon Board of Education; six years, Four County Career Center Board of Education

Comments: Gype said her objectives and goals for the Clerk of Courts office are to "as in the past, keep up with new technology, laws pertaining to this office, serve the public, and be conservative in purchasing."

- - - County Sheriff (Republican Primary)

Name: Darrell E. Merillat Resides in: rural Wauseon Incumbent? Yes

Family: Single; children, Sara, Nathan & Molly

Native of: Fulton County, lifelong resident

Education: 1971 Gorham- Fayette High School graduate; attended Owens Community College and University of Virginia; National Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy graduate

Present employment: Fulton County Sheriff

Other experience: Fulton County deputy sheriff, 12 years

Civic public projects: Fulton County Cancer Society; Relay For Life Committee

Affiliations: Fulton County Farm Bureau; Buckeye State Sheriff's Association; National Sheriff's Association; FBI National Academy Associates.

Comments: Merillat said he will continue to serve the public to the best of his ability.

- - - Fulton County Engineer (Republican Primary)

Name: Frank T. Onweller Resides in: Swanton

Incumbent? Yes

Family: Wife Teri; daughters Paige, Kaylee, Alaina

Native of: Fulton County, lifelong resident

Education: 1979 Evergreen High School graduate; bachelor of science, civil engineering, Ohio Northern University, 1983

Present employment: Fulton County Engineer

Other experience: Project engineer and partner, T.R. Worline & Associates, Inc., Swanton, 1983-2001

Affiliations: Fulton County Farm Bureau, Fulton County Republican Central Committee, Fulton County Community Improvement Corporation, Fulton County Township Association, County Engineers Association of Ohio, St. Richard's Catholic Church.

Comments: Onweller said his goal is to continue to im- prove the county highway system.

"With increased costs of construction and operation, we will need to maintain fiscal responsibility and continue to search for ways to get the most for our dollar. I also want to continue to work cooperatively with the other county, township, and municipal officials."

- - - County Treasurer (Republican Primary)

Name: Bev Schlosser Resides in: rural Wauseon Incumbent? Yes

Family: Husband, Brooks; two sons

Native of: Henry County; family moved to Fulton County when she was two years old

Education: 1971 Wauseon High School graduate; Ohio School of Banking, productive portfolio investment seminars, Ohio Treasurer educational conferences & State of Ohio public records seminar

Present employment: Fulton County Treasurer

Other experience: employed with the treasurer office since 1985; 1970-85, Peoples State Bank, Ohio Citizens, and National City Bank

Civic public projects: Various community projects through Wauseon Exchange Club

Affiliations: Fulton County Township Association; Fulton County Farm Bureau; Emmaus Lutheran Church, Emmaus Lutheran stewardship board.

Comments: Schlosser was appointed treasurer in Oct. 2003, then elected in Nov. 2004.

"I really enjoy serving the public and will continue to operate the treasurer office in an efficient and taxpayer-friendly atmosphere.

"The county (investment) portfolio is of the utmost importance, and I will continue to invest in instruments allowed by the Ohio Revised Code, with safety and the best rate of return for the county."

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Harry Murtiff, Fulton County coroner, did not return a questionnaire.

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