Letter: Focht asks for election support

My name is Rich Focht and I am asking for your support in my bid for re-election as your Fourth Ward City Council Member. My wife, Marcia, and I are fortunate to be lifelong residents of this community. We are also fortunate that two of our three children, and especially our grandchildren, call Tiffin, Ohio their home.

For more than three decades I have dedicated much of my time to Tiffin and the wonderful people here in our community. I served as the City Administrator under the leadership of Mayor Dave Martien. I had the privilege of working as the President and CEO of the Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp. (now TSEP) to represent our community in the United States and overseas to bring new companies, jobs, and investment to Tiffin and Seneca County. I worked with many local business leaders to help them grow their companies here in Tiffin. I also worked to develop two industrial parks (Northstar and Eagle Rock) and improved a third (Airport Industrial Park). I was directly involved in the expansion of our infrastructure to open up land for further development that we are witnessing today on the west and south ends of Tiffin. I raised the funds and worked with our consultant for the purpose of developing a plan for the redevelopment of our downtown, which we are seeing today. All of these activities are providing opportunities for residents of our community.

Since my retirement, I have continued to help make a difference in our community. For the past six years, I have served as your voice on City Council. During this time, Tiffin has seen immense growth under the leadership of Mayor Aaron Montz, his administration, and your council representatives. I also serve as the Board President for the Tiffin Seneca Child Care Center and as a member of the National Machinery Foundation. In my spare time, Marcia and I enjoy our time with our kids and grandchildren.

I’m very proud of what we have been able to accomplish. I hope to be able to continue our work moving Tiffin forward. I would appreciate your vote on November 5th.

Rich Focht