Paul Barnaby, incumbent Republican Fulton County commissioner, faces Becky Thatcher, a non-partisan candidate, for the post in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 General Election.
Barnaby was unopposed in the March 6 Republican Party primary vote. No member of the Democratic Party filed to run in the Democratic primary.
Candidate: Paul Barnaby
Native of: Metamora
Family: wife, Ruth; two children
Education: Metamora High School, 1957 graduate; Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University
Present employment: Fulton County commissioner
Affiliations: County Commissioners Association of Ohio, member of audit committee; Maumee Valley Guidance Center board; Maumee Valley Resource Conservation and Development; Northwest Commissioners and Engineers Association, secretarytreasurer; State Health and Human Services Board; Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio; Four County Joint Board of Commissioners, Defi ance, Henry, Williams and Fulton Counties; Four County Solid Waste Board; Consortium for Aging through Fulton County Health Department; Job and Family Services advisory board
Political experience: Metamora Water Board
Other experience: School teacher, 39 years; farmer, 1956 to 2008; Boy Scout leader; volunteer fireman; president of teachers association
Goals: Work with local companies to maintain and increase the number of employees, and be a full-time commissioner, available to talk to citizens.
Candidate: Becky Thatcher
Native of: Archbold
Family: husband, Ken; two sons
Education: Archbold High School, 1972 graduate; Northwest State Community College, associate degree in applied business, 1998; University of Findlay, Bachelor of Science degree in business management, 2000, Masters of Business Administration Masters of Public Administration, 2002
Present employment: Realtor and substitute teacher
Affiliations: Wauseon United Methodist Church; Fulton County Workforce Investment Act Board, former member and secretary; former 4-H Club member and advisor; third generation, Order of the Eastern Star, Fulton #67, Wauseon, state officer-2005; Dorothy B. Biddle Trust, trustee; Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter 3510 executive board, former vice president and secretary; Wauseon Business & Professional Women, former member; Wauseon Chamber of Commerce, former member; Fulton County Saddle Club, former member and secretary; Tri-State Rodeo Association
Other experience: Three years, state auditor, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services; 13 years, account clerk, Ohio Department of Transportation; four years, secretary-treasurer for trucking corporation; nine years, co-owner, Rossman Meats; 11 years, bus driver, Wauseon Schools, Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Quadco; two years, Rupp Furniture
Goals: Represent all Fulton County residents, stop sale or lease of Ohio Turnpike, enforce fiscally sound budget, listen to constituents, support fire & law enforcement, and a water plan.
Bill Rufenacht is uncontested in the other race for Fulton County Commissioner.
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