Wagner won’t seek re-election

Seneca County Republican Chairman David Koehl announced that Commissioner Jeff Wagner is not running for re-election as county commissioner in 2014 at the party luncheon Wednesday.

Wagner has served in public office for more than 23 years, including as Seneca County commissioner and as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 81st District.

Koehl said Wagner has not ruled out other elected positions.

“(Wagner) has served the public for a number of years and he’s always stuck to his convictions,” Commissioner Fred Zoeller said.

Attempts to reach Commissioner Holly Stacy for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Wagner had no comment.

In other business, Steven Lepard spoke about his campaign for Tiffin City Council at-large representative. His focus is economic development and growth in Tiffin.

“It’s really exciting to see growth,” he said. “I look forward to being a part of the leadership team that helps Tiffin become much better tomorrow.”

Councilman Rich Cline also spoke about his campaign for council president. He said that in six years, the annual budget carryover has increased from about $500,000 to about $2 million. He also said that in that time, the city has gone from 142 full-time employees to 121.

He also said that the city is about to set a record for the amount of income tax collected.

“I’ve been involved in many votes that have contributed to economic development, reducing expenditures, bringing our policies as a city on par with the private sector,” he said. “I stand by my track record and my last going-on six years on city council.”

Candidates for council at-large positions Jim Green and Tyler Shuff and candidate for council president Mark Pardi were unable to attend the meeting.