Candidates vie for City Council Fourth Ward seat

Two candidates are vying for the Tiffin City Council Fourth Ward seat this Nov. 5.

Nancy Grandillo and long-time Councilman Rich Focht are asking for voters to consider them for the position.

Focht has been on city council for the past six years and is currently serving as council president.

“It has been an interesting time,” Focht said. “We have a great group on council. We all love the community and are looking to grow and move forward with the work we are doing.”

With the growth and progress in economic development, Focht said, “It shows we are doing everything right.”

During his career, Focht has served as city administrator and was president and CEO of the formerly known Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp. — now known as Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. There he helped to develop two industrial parks.

Focht also serves as board president of the Tiffin Seneca Child Care Center and a member of the National Machinery Foundation.

Throughout the years, Focht said he has seen Tiffin prosper and struggle and is making its way back.

“My goal is to work to make sure Tiffin does not fall back to where it was and that we continue to grow and develop and become a great place to raise a family,” he said.

Grandillo has been a Tiffin resident for over 40 years and has been a long-term supporter of the community as well.

Grandillo is a Heidelberg University graduate and former public school teacher.

“I believe each race should be contested and the voters should have a choice,” she said. “Choice makes our democracy work better.”

Grandillo is a member of the Tiffin Bicentennial Committee, Tiffin Shade Tree and Beautification Commission, Tiffin Area League of Women Voters. She is also a past board member and chair of Terra State Community College Board of Trustees and Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

“Now is the time to do it,” Grandillo said of her run for office. “I love my neighbors and Tiffin is a safe community. I want to continue to serve Tiffin.”

Grandillo said she has knocked on doors and is happy to talk and listen to anyone who has an issue.

“I will be present in the community,’ Grandillo said. “You won’t just see me during an election year.

Grandillo has also been endorsed by Tiffin Firefighters Local 322