Fostorians to consider electric aggregation on Nov. 5 ballot

FOSTORIA — Fostoria voters are to consider an electric aggregation program, which is similar to a gas aggregation program the city has in place.

“Electric aggregation is an opportunity for cities, townships and counties to negotiate a competitive electricity rate from retail electric suppliers, providing budget stability for the residents and small businesses,” according to information from the city.

Mayor Eric Keckler, Auditor Holly Cassady and Law Director Stephanie Kiser are running opposed for their seats.

Steve Kauffman, Fostoria City Council president, is the only one on the ballot for the seat, and Greg Cassidy, Edward Logsdon and Brian Shaver are running for three seats on council.

According to the city’s website, Keckler was elected mayor in November 2011 and has been serving as the city’s mayor since Jan. 1, 2012. He’s a lifelong Fostoria resident and retired from a 30-year career with the city in 2008.

“My administration and I are working relentlessly toward a better Fostoria; a reinvented Fostoria. And in the meantime, we are doing everything we can for our citizens with the resources we have,” a note from Keckler on the city’s website states.

“Our community is small, friendly and welcoming. My favorite thing about Fostoria is the sense of community. Where else can you find a small town feel, where everybody knows your name and you know your neighbors, yet everything you need is just a short drive across town.”

Cassady has been a Fostoria resident since 1995 and was the city’s income tax administrator from 2007-2019, according to the city’s website.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work for the City of Fostoria, and I am committed to serving those who love Fostoria as much as I do,” a note from her on the city’s website states.

“I am excited to see what the future holds for town, as we go forward together and grow as a community.”

Kiser was appointed as the law director in January and also serves as an assistant prosecutor in Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office, where she has worked since August 2013.

She is a graduate of Columbian High School and Ohio State University, according to the city’s website.

Kauffman, a Columbus native, is the director of bands for Fostoria City Schools. Shaver, a Fostoria native, chose to return to the community to raise his family, according to the city’s website.

Cassidy was born and raised in Fostoria and graduated from St. Wendelin High School and Tiffin University. Logsdon was born in Tiffin and grew up on SR 18, east of Fostoria, the city’s website states.