Herringshaw wins commissioner seat PDF Print E-mail
Written by JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN Sentinel County Editor   
Friday, 11 January 2013 11:08
Doris Herringshaw, left, greets members of the central committee for the Wood County Republicans on January 10, 2013 after being voted in for commissioner. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Doris Herringshaw was elected Wood County Commissioner Thursday evening by her fellow Republicans. The lone female candidate beat out six others to earn the seat vacated by Tim Brown, who resigned to take office as state representative.
"I will do my best to work for the best of Wood County," Herringshaw said to the Republican Central Committee members after her victory was announced. "My door will always be open."
The committee meeting started with all seven candidates being given five minutes to win over voting party members. Then ballots were passed out and collected. It was unknown how many times the votes would have to be taken since the winner was required to get a majority of the 46 votes available.
Herringshaw won a majority on the first vote, though the committee would not reveal the exact count.
"It's kind of overwhelming," she said after being named victor. "I think it was a very fair process."
After paperwork is filed and approved at the state level, Herringshaw will take office. She will fill out Brown's term, and will have to run in the fall of 2014 if she intends to keep the commissioner's seat.
Herringshaw faced a field of Republican candidates Thursday evening who all promised to faithfully serve Wood County - Dave Beaverson, Phil Bollin, Roger Bostdorff, John Cuckler, Terry Krukemyer and Bob Watrol. Two - Beaverson and  Krukemyer - had previous experience running in the primary last year against Herringshaw for the commissioner's seat held by Democrat Joel Kuhlman. Herringshaw won that primary but lost in the general election to Kuhlman.
Herringshaw, who recently retired as OSU extension agent for Wood County, vowed to build on her campaigning experience in order to hold onto the seat in the 2014 election.
Ohio House representative Tim Brown, left, speaks with commissioner candidates Roger Bostdorff and Bob Watrol before a vote by the central committee for the Wood County Republicans.
To secure the seat Thursday evening she had to beat out:
• Beaverson, who is president of Refrigeration Mechanics in rural Bowling Green. He touted his conservative and family values, saying he favors smaller government and commitment to the Constitution.
• Bollin, of Middleton Township, who has experience in electrical engineering and financial planning. Though never having political aspirations before, Bollin said his background made him uniquely qualified to be a financial steward for the county.
• Bostdorff, of the Luckey area, who has worked as a worldwide sales executive for IBM, was president of an internet security firm and most recently started a company helping other business leaders. Bostdorff, who serves on Eastwood Board of Education, touted his experience managing people, organizations and budgets. He was the only candidate to take questions from the crowd.
• Cuckler, of Bowling Green, who is a controller at the Bowling Green State University Foundation, and previously worked at Mid Am Bank. He listed experience serving on community boards such as Children's Resource Center and Wood Lane Industries, and promoted his team building and fiscal management skills.
• Krukemyer, of Pemberville, spoke of his economic and finance experience, and his willingness to aggressively campaign to retain the seat and to help fellow Republicans. He referred to himself as a "strict Constitutionalist" with skills in budgeting and business development.
• Watrol, of Rossford, who has experience in the financial industry and in elected office in Rossford. He noted his commitment to maintaining the quality of life and financial stability of the county, and his desire to seek opportunities for growth in agriculture, industry and retail.
During her five minutes at the microphone, Herringshaw talked about her 34 years in Wood County, her degrees in education and leadership, her volunteer service, her knowledge of Wood County and her ability to build partnerships.
She also pointed out that while she lost the general election to Kuhlman, she was able to beat him in 13 of the 19 townships.
After she was named winner Thursday evening, Herringshaw said her goals remain the same as in the fall. "I want to make Wood County a great place to live, work, play and go to school."
She said county finances will be a particular concern.
"We know the budget is going to be a challenge."
And she promised to focus on jobs and economic development, with an emphasis on small businesses.

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