Archbold, OH

Candidates Share Backgrounds, Views

Races For Archbold And Fayette Councils; Two Mayors Unopposed



Four men are vying for three seats on the Archbold Village Council in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election ballot.

In Fayette, two men and a woman are competing for two seats on council.

Mayors in both communities are unopposed.

All terms start Jan. 1, 2008.


Candidate: Vaughn Bentz Resides in: Archbold

Incumbent? No

Family: Wife Liz; children Tyson, Natalie

Native of: Scottdale, Pa.; Archbold resident, 24 years

Education: 1982 Kidron Central Christian High School graduate, Kidron, Ohio; 1984 graduate, Hesston (Kan.) College, A.A. liberal arts; attended Eastern Mennonite University, 1984-85; 2002 graduate, Defi- ance College, B.A. in business administration

Present employment: Sauder Woodworking, manager, MRO purchasing and inventory; manager, safety and environmental compliance

Edward Leininger

Edward Leininger

Civic public projects: coach of various youth athletic teams, 1985 to present.

Affiliations: member, Northwest Ohio Character Council, 1999 to present; member, National Parks and Recreation Association and Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, Black Swamp Safety Council; attend Archbold United Methodist Church

Previously held public office? Archbold Village Coun- cil, 1990-1999; Archbold Park Board, 1996 to present

Comments: “During my previous ten years serving on the village council, I served on and chaired many committees, gaining valuable experience in many aspects of village operation.

“Since I last served on council, I returned to college and graduated with an honors business degree. This education, along with 15 years of managerial experience, provides me the tools to make decisions that would be in the best interest of the village.

Kevin Eicher

Kevin Eicher

“As a purchasing manager, I would bring strong negotiating

“As a purchasing manager, I would bring strong negotiating and management skills to the position. As the safety and environmental compliance manager, strong knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Environmental Protection Agency requirements would be beneficial.

“We have excellent service departments in the village and some of the best roads and infrastructure in Northwest Ohio. Maintaining and continuing to improve these would be a priority.”

– – – Candidate: Kevin Eicher Resides in: Archbold

Incumbent? No

Family: Wife Lynne; children David, Teresa, Michael

Native of: Archbold

Education: 1973 Archbold High School graduate

Present employment: owner, E&E Truck Brokers, Inc.

Civic public projects: Fulton County Christmas Cheer, Archbold Rotary Punt, Pass & Kick, Spengler Field renovations

Kevin Morton

Kevin Morton

Affiliations: Archbold United Methodist Church finance committee; vice president, Archbold Rotary; past Paul Harris Fellow Award for outstanding service (Rotary) for the Archbold District; past president, vice president, and treasurer, Archbold Athletic Boosters; member, Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce

Previously held public office? No

Comments: Eicher believes his experience on the church fi- nance committee, as an Athletic Booster, and as an owner of his trucking business will contribute to his working knowledge if elected.

His objective if elected is to be financially responsible and not to make promises that can’t be met.

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Candidate: Edward Leininger

Resides in: Archbold

Incumbent? Yes

James Wyse

James Wyse

Family: Wife June; children Eric, Carrie, Ryan

Native of: Archbold

Education: 1974 Archbold High School graduate

Present employment: executive vice president/chief operating officer, The Farmers & Merchants State Bank

Civic public projects: chairman, village planning commission; member, Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce; president, village council; treasurer and board member, Fairlawn Haven; Archbold Rotary Club; treasurer, Archbold Salvation Army; member, Archbold Evangelical Mennonite Church- served as congregational assistant treasurer, deacon and elder

Affiliations: past-president, Archbold Lions Club, past board member, Archbold Area Foundation; past president and board member, United Way; past member, village zoning variance committee; past vicepresident, Community Bankers of Fulton County; past member, advisory board of Visiting Nurses and Hospice of Fulton County

Ruth Marlatt

Ruth Marlatt

Previously held public office? Yes. Archbold Village Council, 2004-present

Comments: If reelected, “I will continue to work on job creation/ retention, road improvements, and fiscal responsibility within the village,” he said.

– – – Candidate: Kevin Morton Resides in: Archbold

Incumbent? Yes

Family: Wife Claire; children Garrett, Gavin

Native of: Archbold

Education: 1981 Archbold High School graduate; 4-year Miami University degree in organizational administration

Present employment: account manager, Lauber Insurance Group; also works as a realtor for Joe Newlove Real Estate & Auctions

Civic public projects: volunteer coach, Archbold Parks and Recreation; Building Hope Project; Junior Achievement volunteer; Spengler Field renovations with Rotary Club

Affiliations: past-president, Archbold Rotary Club; past vice president industrial, Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce; past chairman, Archbold United Methodist Church; Archbold Park Board member since 1997

Previously held public office? Yes. Archbold Village Council, 2000-present

Comments: “My business management and service experience for 20 years is a good foundation for making decisions. I will continue to be aggressive in bringing additional jobs to Archbold and rebuilding infrastructure.”

Morton said that being chairman of council’s utility committee has allowed him to gain experience in the needs of current and potential businesses when making decisions that attempt to maintain or bring jobs to the village.

“Serving on council for nearly eight years has been a privilege and very rewarding. ConAgra’s recent announcement reminds me of the positive approach council took after the company’s original plan to close.

“Forward-thinking, proactive decisions are critical and must be continued for our community, its businesses and citizens.”


Candidate: James S. Wyse Resides in: Archbold Incumbent? Yes

Family: Wife Janet; children Ashley, Josh, Betsy, and Stuart

Native of: Wauseon; Archbold resident, 28 years

Education: 1979 graduate of Wauseon High School; attended Northwest State Community College, Archbold

Present employment: Andres, O’Neil & Lowe Agency

Affiliations: Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, Archbold Rotary, Archbold Athletic Boosters, National Association of Health Underwriters, Northern Ohio Mayors and Managers Association, Mayors’ Association of Ohio, St. Martin’s Lutheran Church

Previously held public office? Yes, four years as Archbold mayor, 2004 to present; two years on Archbold Village Council

Comments: Wyse said his goals in office are “to continue to work with current businesses and prospective businesses to solidify and grow our employment base.”


Michael Maginn, Fayette, a candidate for Fayette council, did not return a questionnaire to the Buckeye. He currently serves on council after being appointed.

– – – Candidate: Ruth B. Marlatt Resides in: Fayette Incumbent? Yes Family: Three children

Native of: Monroe County, Mich.

Education: bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Toledo

Present emp loyment: Morenci Area Schools

Civic public projects: worked on Fayette Bull Thistle Arts Festival, Christmas Home Tour; Halloween and Fulton County Fair booths for Fayette Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations: member, Fayette Bull Thistle Arts Festival committee, member, Fayette Chamber of Commerce, member, Fayette United Methodist Church

Previously held public office? Yes. Mayor of Fayette for 12 years, starting in 1988.

Comments: Marlatt said her educational background plus her years of experience in working for the public would be a plus for the pubic.

She said she wants “to establish the groundwork for a new sewer treatment plant.

“I have lots of background information and experience. I also enjoy working on projects with professionals in a variety of fields.”

– – – Candidate: Eugene Rosinski Resides in: Fayette

Incumbent? No

Family: Wife Margaret: children Andy, Wend Ann

Native of: Toledo; Fayette resident, seven years

Education: 1968 graduate of Robert S. Rogers High School, Toledo

Present employment: retired from General Motors Powertrain, Toledo.

Civic public projects: member, Fayette Tree Committee

Affiliations: United Auto Workers Local 14

Previously held public office? No

Comments: Rosinski said as a member of council, he will try to bring more jobs into Fayette, and he would like to see more growth in the community.

He said he also would work to bring suburban rail service to the community.


Anita L. VanZile, mayor of Fayette, did not return a questionnaire.

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