Six men vying for open county commissioner seat

Six men are in the running to replace Holly Stacy as the next Seneca County commissioner.

As of the deadline late Monday night, candidates Jim Cline, Bill Frankart, Charles Knight, Charlie Palmer, Tony Paradiso and Bill Schultz had submitted their interest in taking over Stacy’s term, according to Republican Party Chairman David Koehl.

In his cover letter, Cline said he worked 42 years in the retail automotive business as a dealer, salesman, sales manager and consultant. Most recently, he was a retail automotive consultant working with customer retention software. In the past, he served as insurance and business manager at Coppus Motors, Tiffin, and in other capacities at other dealerships. He said he is a long-time resident of Seneca County, a lifelong member of the Republican Party and current treasurer of the Seneca County Republican Party.

In his letter, Frankart said he is owner and operator of Ridge View Farms, rural Clyde, and a lifelong resident of Seneca County. He served 12 years as an Adams Township trustee and has served on Seneca County Soil & Water Conservation District board and on the Seneca Regional Planning board.

In his cover letter, Knight said he has served the county and state Republican committees beginning in 1994 and has leadership experience on both. He said he served two terms on the Seneca County Board of Elections, including one term as chairman.

Palmer’s resume lists him as working presently as president of CXP Properties in residential and commercial real estate and as a traveling nurse with Aureus Medical. He also has worked as a registered nurse at Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital; director of nursing at Fox Run Manor, Findlay; and registered nurse at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Cleveland.

Paradiso, who lives in Pleasant Township, is co-owner of BAS Broadcasting, which owns seven radio stations including Tiffin’s WTTF. He has worked in business leadership and has served the community in several ways, currently as a member of the board of trustees of Heidelberg University.

According to Schutz’s resume, he is senior buyer for Humanetics Innovative Solutions Inc., of Huron, and lives in Tiffin. He previously worked as senior buyer and purchasing agent for National Machinery LLC and Tiffin Loader Crane Co., both of Tiffin, and Bridgestone APM Co., of Upper Sandusky.

There is to be no special election, and the appointment is to last the remainder of Stacy’s term. The new person would run for his own term in November 2020 if he should choose to do so.

Koehl said the Republican Central Committee is to make the decision at its July 29 meeting by voice vote. The meeting is to take place at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, 928 W. Market St., at 7 p.m. and will be open to the public.

Committee members may ask the candidates questions, and then Koehl said a roll-call vote is to be taken. If a candidate does not get a majority of votes, the candidate with the least number of votes will drop off and another roll call is to be taken. Voting continues in that manner until a candidate receives a majority of votes.

The person selected then will fill out forms and do the necessary paperwork before being sworn in as county commissioner. Koehl said the process should take about 10 days.

Stacy announced her resignation in June to take another career opportunity, which she said cannot announce until she is authorized to do so. Her last day as commissioner is Friday.