Vote for Kerschner

Seneca County voters casting a ballot in the Republican primary have a choice between two Tiffin natives running for the board of commissioners.

Because there are no Democratic candidates on the primary ballot, the victor in Tuesday’s election likely will win the seat. For that reason, The Advertiser-Tribune editorial board is offering an endorsement in the race.

As we see it, the choice is between a fine candidate for the office and an outstanding one. We urge voters to cast their ballots for Mike Kerschner.

His opponent, Philip Frankart, does offer firsthand knowledge of the challenges regarding opening a business in the county. He also brings some common-sense ideas to the table, and has a knack for offering concise replies to questions we wish some national leaders would emulate.

But Kerschner’s experience in banking and finance are needed now, as the county navigates the waters of a new justice center and the allocation of funds such an endeavor would require.

Kerschner also has helped guide organizations such as the local chamber of commerce, development corporation and United Way, plus Heidelberg University, The Ritz Theatre and St. Francis Home. Working with two other commissioners should be easy for him.

Also, having been chairman of one bankers association and on the legislative committee of another, he’ll know how to promote our interests in Columbus and Washington.

Both those aspects of the job – wise fiscal management and getting our voice heard in the state and national capitals – are crucial to the future of the county.

This is why we encourage voters to cast their ballots for Mike Kerschner in Tuesday’s election.