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Lee Wilkinson, John Spahr to face off in November general election for Tiffin mayor




Lee Wilkinson (left) and John Spahr. (Contributed Photos)

Tiffin, Ohio — Lee Wilkinson and John Spahr have emerged victorious in the non-partisan primary for mayor of Tiffin. The two will now go head-to-head in the November general election.

Wilkinson and Spahr each received a substantial number of votes, with Wilkinson garnering 43.02% and Spahr 34.72%. Mary Franks received the remaining 22.26% of the votes.

The primary election saw a total of 5,244 votes cast, according to unofficial results from the Seneca County Board of Elections.

In November, voters will have the opportunity to choose between the two candidates to become the next mayor of Tiffin. The winner of the November election will serve a four-year term.

Wilkinson is an educator with more than 30 years of experience and a local small business partner. He and his wife Susan own Simply Susan’s, a downtown boutique.

“Thank you to all of the citizens of Tiffin for your support. I am grateful to all those who encouraged me, those who helped with the campaign, those who put signs in their yard, and especially to my wife Susan who walked door to door with me and for me. I know that you love this city,” Wilkinson said in a statement provided to “Your trust in me is both humbling and inspiring, and I promise to work tirelessly to continue to earn your support.”

Spahr is a current member of the Tiffin City Council and has served on council since 2022. Spahr also serves as Emergency Management Administrator for Seneca County.

“Thank you to the folks that voted for me and supported my primary campaign and to my family and especially my wife who put in a lot of work,” Spahr wrote in a Facebook post after the election. “Look for me this summer and fall in your neighborhood.”

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