By DENISE GRANT
Republican voters may a have primary race for Findlay mayor to decide in May.
Christina Muryn, of Findlay, filed candidacy petitions to run for mayor this week with the Hancock County Board of Elections.
Muryn, 26, is the director of business and physician development for the Pain Management Group, Findlay. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and marketing from the University of Findlay.
This is her third try for a public office. Muryn challenged Jim Niemeyer, Findlay’s 6th Ward councilman, for the GOP nomination for the seat in the May 2015 election, with Niemeyer winning.
Muryn then ran for the Republican State Central Committee in May 2018, nearly winning the seat now held by Gina Campbell of Findlay.
In the GOP primary this May, Muryn would compete with Findlay 1st Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische, who also is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for mayor.
All candidacy petitions must be certified by the elections board before the races become official.
All Findlay city offices are up for election this year, including mayor, auditor, law director, all 10 City Council seats, and the position of council president. The filing deadline for the May 7 primary election is Feb. 6.
Candidates seeking the position of mayor, auditor, law director, council president or councilman-at-large must file petitions with valid signatures of 50 Findlay residents. Ward seats on City Council require only 25 signatures.
Findlay Auditor Jim Staschiak has submitted candidacy petitions to seek re-election as auditor.
So far, Muryn, Frische and Staschiak are the only people who have filed petitions for the election.
The Hancock County Republican Party is still accepting resumes from people who want to be appointed to complete the unexpired term of former Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik, which ends Dec. 31.
The GOP is expected to make that appointment in late February.
Whoever is appointed mayor would have to seek election if they want to serve a full four-year term beginning in 2020.
Resumes and supporting information must be mailed no later than Feb. 1 to: GOP Headquarters, Attn.: Linda Casey, 113 W. Crawford St., Findlay, Ohio 45840.
Candidates will be contacted by a Candidate Review Committee to set up interviews. Casey can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-420-1982 with any questions.
Mihalik resigned last Sunday. She has accepted a position as director of the Ohio Development Services Agency under Gov.-elect Mike DeWine.
City Council President Ron Monday will serve as acting mayor until the GOP’s decision is made.