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Here are the top 3 local races we’ll be watching tonight after the polls close Staff




TIFFIN — While there aren’t too many things on the ballot in this off-year election, many of our local races are expected to be close.

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Here are the top three races we’ll be keeping our eyes on tonight. These races are likely to be among the most competitive in Seneca County.

These aren’t the only races on the ballot, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for all of the local election results as they come in.

1. Fourth Ward, Tiffin City Council

Richard A. Focht (Republican, incumbent)


Nancy Grandillo (Independent)

In what is arguably the most competitive local race of the 2019 general election, incumbent Tiffin Councilman Richard Focht faces off against independent challenger Nancy Grandillo in the fourth ward.

Grandillo has served in a variety of educational positions from elementary to the higher education level including Mount Vernon College in Washington, D. C., Heidelberg University and Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio.

Most recently, Mayor Aaron Montz appointed Grandillo to the Tiffin Shade Tree and Beautification Commission, where she currently serves. Currently, she serves on the Tiffin Bicentennial Committee. Grandillo’s civic duty extends to the Seneca County Board of Elections as a poll worker.

As a Tiffin resident for over 40 years, Nancy has been committed to this community through public service. With over 20 years in public education, she has touched the lives of many Tiffin families.

Grandillo’s service to the St. Joseph Girl Scout troop spanned over 10 years. She served as a board member and past chair of Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities, appointed by the county commissioners.

Governor Ted Strickland appointed Grandillo to a 6 year term on the Governing Board of Terra State Community College where she also served as Board Chair.

Nancy has been married to Michael Grandillo for 35 years and together they have raised two children, Vincent, an Eagle Scout and CEO of Seneca Logistics Group and Gina, a 2016 graduate of Ohio Northern University, and a 2019 graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law.

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2. Tiffin City Board of Education

Two seats up for election.

Andrew Gase (incumbent)


Meagan McBride


Heidi Stephey (write-in candidate)

Running as a write-in candidate makes it more difficult to win, especially when there are two other candidates on the ballot, so it will be interesting to see if Heidi Stephey can pull off a victory.

Incumbent school board member Andrew Gase doesn’t seem to be campaigning much to win re-election. He didn’t return questions from the League of Women Voters, didn’t participate in Candidates Night at Tiffin Middle School, and hasn’t distributed any yard signs or campaign literature that we know of.

Dr. Meagan McBride is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Heidelberg University.

McBride has a background in both education and mental health. She is a former special education teacher and current college educator who owns and operates MK Counseling & Consulting, LLC, where she counsels children and families.

McBride obtained her PhH.D. in Counseling from the University of Toledo in 2018. At Heidelberg, she teachers in the Masters Counseling program. She is a certified trauma practitioner and provides therapy for children who have experienced trauma.

Heidi Stephey is a Bowling Green State University graduate, former teacher and coach, and currently a mortgage loan officer with U.S. Bank who is also a realtor with Bolte Real Estate.

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3. Clinton Township Trustee

Dennis Baugher (incumbent)


Dennis Kingseed

Every election season, there seems to be at least one man with the first name “Dennis” on the ballot for Clinton Township Trustee.

This time around, incumbent Dennis Baugher is facing off against frequent challenger and former trustee Dennis Kingseed.

Driving around Clinton Township, it appears Kingseed has an advantage when it comes to yard sign distribution. Will that be an accurate indication of his support at the ballot box?

Currently serving as Clinton Township Trustees are: Dennis Baugher, Dennis Moyer, and Jim Distel.

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