Tiffin, Ohio — Early voting is underway for the 2021 general election in which voters will decide on city charter amendments, candidates for school board, city council, and more.
Election Day is on Tuesday, Nov. 2, but registered voters in Seneca County can cast their ballots early at the Seneca County Board of Elections, 71 S. Washington St. Suite #1101, Tiffin.
Early voting is available starting today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be available most days through Monday, Nov. 1.
To check your voter registration, click here.
Tiffin city voters will have the opportunity to choose candidates for city council president, city council at-large seats, and school board. They will also be voting on several proposed amendments to the city’s governing document, known as the municipal charter.
City of Tiffin ballot preview
- For President of Council (vote for not more than 1)
- Bridget Boyle (Republican)
- For Member of Council at Large (vote for not more than 3) – More Information
- John Bing (Democratic)
- Ben Gillig (Democratic – Incumbent)
- Kevin P. Grover (Republican)
- Zackery C. Perkins (Republican – Incumbent)
- Jeff Rhoades (Republican)
- Cheyane L. Thacker (Democratic)
- Get more information on the at-large council candidates here.
- Proposed Amendments to the Tiffin City Charter (Yes or No. A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage.)
- An amendment to remove the reference to “Partisan Primary,” providing for the holding of open primary elections and to provide for gender neutrality in the language of those provisions.
- An amendment to authorize delivery of notice of special council meetings to the mayor and members of council by e-mail to them at their city e-mail addresses, as an alternative to the other methods of delivery of notice provided to them in the charter.
- An amendment to change the number of affirmative votes of members of council needed to waive the requirement of three readings of proposed ordinances or resolutions from 3/4ths to 2/3rds, as permitted by the general laws of Ohio.
- Amendments to provide for publication of ordinances, resolutions, and various notices by posting on the city’s website and publishing in any newspaper or alternative sources in the city.
- An amendment to clarify the procedures to be followed in the event of a vacancy in the office of mayor at different points during a term; the duration for which the president of council would serve as mayor during an unexpired term, if willing; the method of choosing a qualified elector to serve if the president of council were to refuse to serve as mayor; and the circumstances under which president of council would be restored to that office after serving as mayor temporarily.
- Amendments to eliminate residency requirements for the positions of director of finance, city administrator, and assistants to the city law director, and to provide gender neutrality in the language of those provisions.
- An amendment to provide that the mayor shall appoint all members of the Zoning Board of Appeals, subject to approval by council.
- Amendments to expressly permit the city to utilize alternative methods of contracting and procurement, authorized by general law, to provide notice of requests for bids for procurement contracts by posting on the city’s website in addition to publication in a newspaper or alternative source, and to provide for additional methods for giving notice for the purpose of generating bids, and to provide for gender neutrality in the language of those provisions.
- Amendments to clarify that candidates for all elected offices shall be nominated in an open primary, in which candidates may, at their option, set forth their party affiliation or not; to specify requirements for statements of candidacy and petitions; to provide procedures for filling a vacancy due to a death, withdrawal, or disqualification of a duly nominated candidate; circumstances in which write-in voting for an elected office may occur; and to confirm the times and method of conduct of primary, regular municipal, and special elections of the city.
- An amendment to define the term “person,” as used in the charter, to mean an individual, and not a corporation, business, trust, estate, partnership, or association.
- Amendments to revise and clarify language to provide gender neutrality and accurate references to the office of director of finance.
Tiffin City Schools district ballot preview
- For Member of Tiffin City Board of Education (vote for not more than 3) – More Information
- Jeffrey A. Hoyda (Incumbent)
- Larry J. Kisabeth
- Victor H. Perez (Incumbent)
- George L. Sherwood Jr.
- Christopher P. Widman (Incumbent)
- Dustin Williams
- Steven Borawski Jr.
- Dean Henry
- See responses from the school board candidates at the League of Women Voters candidates night here.
Townships ballot preview
- Adams Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- David T. Carrothers
- Bret Cleveland
- Big Spring Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- Stephen G. Schalk
- Steven A. Wagner
- Anthony Faeth
- Bloom Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- Herman Kinn
- Greg Smith
- Troy E. Kagy
- Clinton Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- Jim Distel
- Jason M. Fox
- Dennis Kingseed
- Dan Schmitz
- Eden Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- Kenneth W. Bish
- Ryan W. Miller
- David G. Ziegler
- (Write-in available)
- Hopewell Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- David R. Alvarado
- Arthur Lee Dewald
- Troy J. Huth
- Jackson Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- Richard A. Findley
- Amber Ginnever
- Stephen P. Naderer
- Ann L. Watkins
- Liberty Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- Jeffrey Huber
- Jeffrey J. Lynch
- Dennis J. Brickner
- Loudon Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- Andrew Brose
- Jason Painter
- Kevin Reinhart
- Pleasant Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- William S. Biller
- Dave Kingsborough
- Reed Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- Brian D. Miller
- David N. Wright
- Scipio Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- Robert Hall
- Dale Laibe
- Bradley R. Bowerman
- Thompson Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- Bill Daniel
- David H. Ziegler
- Venice Township Trustee (vote for not more than 2)
- Randy A. Aichholz
- Matthew G. Heiser
For more information, visit the Seneca County Board of Elections website or call them at (419) 447-4424.
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