Montz seeking third term


Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz announced on Twitter Thursday his plan to run for re-election in 2019.

If elected, this would be Montz’s third term as mayor.

“My mission is simple, to make life better for all Tiffin residents, businesses, students and visitors,” Montz said in a statement.

Montz, a Republican, first was elected in November 2011. He is a 2004 graduate of Tiffin Columbia High School and graduated from Heidelberg University with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science in 2008.

Before becoming mayor, Montz served on Tiffin City Council in 2007, representing the Second Ward. During that time, he also served on the Streets, Sidewalks and Sewers Committee and the Recreation and Public Properties Committee and served on the Finance Committee.

Since taking office, Tiffin has gained more than 2,100 new jobs and $460 million in new investments. The community also has been ranked in the top 10 percent of the country’s 536 non-metro micropolitans for economic development activity.

Tiffin also has been just named one of the safest college towns in the nation, with crime having been cut more than 70 percent. The city is spending more money on improving roads and bridges and the water and sewer infrastructure investments continue to be made.

“We want Tiffin to be safe and secure and we work hard to make every dollar count, increase our efficiency and obtain all the grants we can,” Montz said in a statement. “We have a tremendous team in place, and they are doing an outstanding job.”

Montz also has been involved in regional and state government, having been elected as the president of Seneca Regional Planning Commission in 2012 and president of North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments, also in 2012.

Gov. John Kasich also appointed Montz to the State of Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission in 2013.

This year, Montz was re-elected to the Northwest Ohio mayors and Managers Association for a second, two-year term. He also serves as the founding president of the Seneca County Young Professionals Association and is an active member of the group’s board.

If re-elected, Montz said he vows to work with city council, residents, businesses, students and visitors to continue the progress and initiatives that characterized his first two terms. His focus is to remain fiscally responsible, strategic investments, jobs, safety, better infrastructure, downtown revitalization and becoming more of a college town.

“We’re at a critical time,” Montz said in the release. “We have to keep pushing forward and build a legacy for all Tiffinites that will last for generations to come.”