Village, township and BOE seats up for grabs in Auglaize County

Staff report

WAPAKONETA – Voters in Auglaize County will find a mixed bag when they head to the polls Tuesday. Depending upon where they cast their ballots, voters will in some cases find crowded races for village council, school board and township races. In other races there are fewer candidates than there are offices to be filled.

New Bremen

Four incumbent candidates are seeking four seats on the New Bremen Village Council. Guaranteed re-election are Dennis Burnell, James Kronenberger Jr., Donald Kuck and Robert Parker.

New Knoxville

Two newcomers are seeking two available seats on the New Knoxville Village Council. Incumbents Robert Jaynes and Jeffrey Henschen opted not to seek re-election. Michael Kaup and Duane Stienecker have filed as candidates for the open seats.


Two incumbents and one newcomer are the only three candidates for four open seats on the Minster Village Council. Joining incumbent Paul Enneking and Ricky Schwartz on the ballot will be Curt Albers. Incumbents Steven Kitzmiller and Craig Oldiges opted not to seek re-election.


New Knoxville Local Schools: Incumbents Ryan Miltner, Brian Lammers and Shawn Egbert are seeking the three seats on the school board.

New Bremen Local Schools: Shelly Busse is the lone incumbent among five candidates seeking three seats on the school board. Other candidates include Steve Vonderhaar, Suzanne Wells, Michele Baumbauer and Valerie Mumaw. (See BOE story this page) Incumbent Thomas Paul’s petition was rejected, and Incumbent Doug Hall opted not to see re-election.

Minster Local Schools: Only one candidate filed for the three vacant seats on the school board. Incumbent Constance Meiring is the lone hopeful whose name will appear on the ballot. Incumbents Jeffry Monnin and John Heitbrink did not seek re-eleciton.

Auglaize County Governing Board of Education Service Center: Incumbents Linda Kitzmiller and Holly Turner and newcomer Matt Dwenger are seeking two seats on the board.


The following candidates are seeking two trustee positions in each township:

German – David Albers and Robert Heitkamp.

Jackson – Kenneth Sommer and James Steinemann. Matt Olberding is the lone candidate to fill an unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2019.

Washington – Tim Becher.


Voters in New Bremen will decide the fate of two ballot options involving the sale of wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor between the hours of 11 a.m. and midnight on Sunday. The issues were placed on the ballot by owners of Lock One Theater and 17 West restaurant in downtown New Bremen.

Staff report