Dean Genter, incumbent Fulton County commissioner, faces a challenge for his seat from an Archbold man in the March 6 Republican primary election.
Challenging Genter is Bill Rufenacht, a former Archbold village councilman.
The winner will be the GOP nominee in the Nov. 6 general election.
The winner of the GOP nomination will not face a challenger from the Democratic Party; no one filed to run for the Democratic nomination in the primary.
There still could be a challenge from an independent or write-in candidate in the fall.
Candidate: Dean A. Genter
Native of: Pettisville
Family: Kathy, three children
Education: Pettisville High School, 1976 graduate
Present employment: Fulton County commissioner; grain, hay, and hog farmer; custom combine service.
Affiliations: County Township Association; Fulton County Pork Producers, Fulton County Farm Bureau, past president and State Federation board member; Pettisville FFA Alumni; Family Farm Tours; Pettisville Pumpkin Festival; Pettisville Music Boosters, Fulton County Dairy Association, and Fulton County Pork Producer stands at Fulton County Fair, Fulton County Soil & Water fourth grade ag fest; Advisor to Pettisville EverReady 4H Club, 10 years; St. John’s Lutheran Church, Stryker
Political experience: Member of 911 Advisory Board; Community Corrections Planning Board; Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio, chairman of financial overview committee, executive board member; Emergency Management Advisory Council; Emergency Medical Service Committee; Four County Juvenile Detention Board, chairman of facilities committee; Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio; Law Library Resource Board; Local Emergency Planning Committee, Microfilming Board, Northwest Community Action Commission, past president, executive board member
Other experience: Genter said, “My 35 years in a successful farming operation, along with my 11 years serving as county commissioner has allowed me to bring a ‘thinking out of the box’ approach to solving problems. Also, my experience of work with many of our local, state, and federal legislators and officials has brought valuable resources back to Fulton County.”
Goals: “Continue to work with fellow commissioners, economic development and community leaders to help expand and retain quality businesses and industries, along with developing and supporting agri-businesses; enhance and promote community projects at the state and federal level; make sure Fulton County stays in excellent financial condition; implement countywide water study.
Statement: “I enjoy being county commissioner. I have demonstrated my leadership abilities. I can provide experience needed to make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely.”
Candidate: Bill Rufenacht
Native of: Archbold
Family: not married
Education: Archbold High School, 1968 graduate; Bachelor of Science degree, Bowling Green State University
Present employment: retired
Affiliations: Archbold Rotary Club, 34 years, 16 years on board of directors; Christmas Cheer volunteer; Archbold Athletic Boosters; Archbold Chamber of Commerce; co-chairman, Archbold High School Athletic Annex building project; president, Archbold Retail Merchants; volunteer high school baseball coach
Political experience: Archbold Village Council, 2000-2004
Other experience: Former owner of Rufenacht’s Haberdashery and Bill’s Locker Room; 25 years owning and managing multiple stores.
Statement: “I believe by promoting cooperation with county leaders, Fulton County can continue to be a great place to live. I am committed to Fulton County.”
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