By ERIC SCHAADT
BOWLING GREEN — Three Wood County Republicans will vie in May for their party’s nomination to be county commissioner.
In the GOP primary, Commissioner Doris Herringshaw of Bowling Green is being challenged by two candidates, both from Perrysburg.
A Wood County commissioner is paid $65,000 annually.
Herringshaw, 64, is seeking a full, four-year term. She was appointed to the post last year to replace former Wood County Commissioner Tim Brown.
Herringshaw is a retired educator with the Wood County Extension Office.
She is being challenged by Kristi Kennelly and James Matuszak.
Kennelly, 45, is interim campus director for Hondros College of Business, Maumee. She is a former teacher.
Matuszak, 49, was elected to Perrysburg City Council last year. He is a certified public accountant and a partner in Matuszak & Koder Ltd. in Perrysburg.
The winner of the Republican election will face Democrat Andrew Newlove of Bowling Green come November.
Also, a portion of Wood County voters will cast ballots on a levy that would help pay for renovating Patrick Henry schools and allow consolidation of its elementary school buildings.
Patrick Henry officials are promoting a 1.9-mill levy for a continuing period that, according to the Henry County Auditor’s Office, would generate $259,428 annually.
If approved, the tax would allow expansion of classrooms at Patrick Henry’s middle and high schools.
Malinta-Grelton Elementary School and Deshler Elementary School then would be closed and those students sent to the Patrick Henry campus.
Twenty classrooms would be added at the high school and middle school sites.
Consolidating the grade schools would translate into students spending less time being transported by school buses.
The school district also would renovate athletic facilities with the tax revenue.
A person with a home appraised at $100,000 would pay $66.50 a year if this levy is passed.
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