Findlay City Auditor Jim Staschiak has submitted candidate petitions to seek re-election as auditor, ending speculation that he could run for mayor.

All Findlay city offices are up for election this year, including mayor, auditor, law director and all 10 city council seats and the position of council president. The filing deadline for the May 7 primary election is Feb. 6.

Staschiak said he wants to focus on the office of city auditor, where he can do the most good for the city. He filed his petitions with the Hancock County Board of Elections this afternoon. His petitions contained 85 signatures. A total of 50 signatures of registered voters in the city are required on the petition.

In March 2011, Staschiak was appointed city auditor by the Republican Party after former Auditor Robert Sprague was appointed as state representative. Staschiak was then elected to a four-year term as auditor in November 2011, and was re-elected in 2015.

Staschiak served as city treasurer, a part-time post, from 2001 until April 2005, when then-Mayor Tony Iriti asked him to serve as service director, a post he held until September 2006.

He later served as treasurer again from 2009 to 2011.

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