Becky Thatcher and Keith Torbet, both of Wauseon, are running for county offices in the November general election.
Thatcher, a former Archbold resident, is challenging Paul Barnaby, incumbent Fulton County commissioner.
Torbet, Wauseon police chief, is challenging Roy Miller, GOP nominee, for county sheriff.
Kandice Lemley, deputy director of the Fulton County Board of Elections, said the two filed as independent candidates, without party affiliation. They are considered “non-partisan.”
Because there is no recognized “independent” political party, Lemley said no party affiliation will appear with their names on the fall ballot.
Thatcher and Torbet were required to file nominating petitions no later than March 5, the day before the spring primary election.
Barnaby, a Republican, has been a county commissioner for several years. He was unopposed in the spring GOP primary.
Miller, chief deputy at the Fulton County Sheriff Department, defeated Rick Sluder, Delta police chief, in the GOP primary.
Darrell Merillat, Fulton County sheriff for more than two decades, did not seek reelection.
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