Township Trustee, City Council, Municipal Judge Positions to be Contested in Election

Perrysburg area voters will see only a few contested races for two local offices in the fall election.

August 23 was the deadline for township and school board candidates to file with the Wood County Board of Elections to appear on the November 6 ballot.

Incumbent Perrysburg Township Trustee Craig LaHote is running for re-election. He will face challenger James Neu Jr.

Perrysburg Township Fiscal Officer Shirley Haar has filed to run for office, and she is unopposed.

On the Perrysburg Board of Education, Dr. Walt Edinger and Barry VanHoozen are up for election this fall. Both have filed to run for re-election and do not face any challengers.

The race for four seats on Perrysburg City Council will see a match-up of seven candidates, including three incumbents:

  • Incumbent Tim McCarthy of West Second Street;
  • Incumbent Tom Mackin of Walnut Street;
  • Incumbent Kevin Rantanen of Silver Maple Drive;
  • Robert Young of Rutledge Court;
  • Cal Smith of Rutledge Court;
  • Joe Rutherford of Winding River Court;
  • John Kevern, former councilman, of West River Road.

Councilor Liz Larson-Shidler did not file to run for re-election.

The council seats of Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Mackin, Mr. Rantanen and Mrs. Larson-Shidler are up for election this year.

Voters also will see a contest between Perrysburg Municipal Court Judge S. Dwight Osterud and attorney John Spore of Perrysburg.

No county or state positions are up for election this year.


According to the Board of Elections, the issues that will appear on the November ballot are:

  • TARTA replacement levy, 1.5 mills, 10 years, for operating expenses.
  • Wood County Job and Family Services replacement levy, 1.3 mills, 10 years, for human and social services.
  • City of Perrysburg garbage collection replacement levy, 1 mill, two years.
  • Liquor option for Precinct 743 Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages at Bassett's Market, 26625 North Dixie Highway.
  • Liquor option for Precinct 743 Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages at Aficionado Wine and Cigars, 26567 North Dixie Highway.