BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT - There will be a few races in the May 7 primary election for voters in the City of Van Wert.
The most-crowded race will have four Republicans vying for three city council at-large seats. In that contest, current council members Stan Agler and Brent Crone will be joined in the race by former councilors Jon Tomlinson and Kirby Kelly. Once one G.O.P. candidate is eliminated in the primary, November voters will choose three from the trio of highest vote-getters plus Democrat Councilman Jeff Agler.The other primary races are for the Third Ward council seat and for council president. In the Third Ward, incumbent Republican Stuart Jewett is being challenged by Jerry Mazur. The council president race has two Republicans seeking to take over the position from the retiring Gary Corcoran. Current Councilman Pete Weir will run against former Councilor and former Van Wert City Schools board member Ken Mengerink.
Other candidates in the May primary are running unopposed. On the Republican side, John Marshall is on the First Ward ballot while Joi Mergy is the sole Second Ward candidate. Don Hangartner is seeking the city treasurer's post.
In the Fourth Ward the two candidates will not face off until November's general election. Democrat Jim Hamman and Republican Steve Trittschuh are running unopposed for their party's nomination in the primary.
In Delphos, the three Van Wert County candidates are all running unopposed. City Treasurer Bob Mosier, Third Ward Councilman Greg Etgen, and Fourth Ward Councilman Mark Clement are the only names on the Republican ballot.
The local issues for Van Wert voters are the proposed continuation of the Van Wert City Schools one-percent income tax levy. A yes vote would move the five-year levy to a continuing levy, but no additional money would be assessed. Approval would provide current expense funds for the district as of Jan. 1, 2014.
The other Van Wert issue is the 1.2 mil property tax levy to raise funds for the construction of a new aquatic center within the city limits.
In Delphos, the Delphos Public Library is seeking a renewal of the 0.6 mil current expenses levy. Also Apollo Career Center Joint Vocational School District voters have a bond issue to decide upon.