By DENISE GRANT
All three incumbents in the Republican primary for Findlay’s at-large council seats won their party’s nomination on Tuesday.
Jeff Wobser, Tom Shindledecker and Grant Russel won the nominations in the four-person primary.
Wobser led with 2,962 votes, or 29.30 percent. Shindledecker took 2,807 votes, or 27.77 percent, and Russel had 2,558 votes, or 25.31 percent.
Challenger Matthias Leguire had 1,781 votes, or 17.62 percent.
All vote totals are unofficial and include absentee ballots.
The three Republican nominees will be challenged by Democrat Abigail Hefflinger in November for one of the seats. The top three vote-getters in the general election will take office.
There are no independent candidates.
Findlay City Council members are elected for two-year terms. A council member’s pay this year is $7,209, and members will receive the same pay raise percentage, if any, as other city employees in 2020.
Wobser, 57, of 8418 Lakebrook Drive, is an advanced senior business development representative with Marathon Petroleum Corp. Wobser is a three-term councilman.
Shindledecker, 77, of 2201 N. Main St., retired as news director at WFIN and WKXA, where he worked for 45 years. His radio name was Tom Sheldon. He is seeking a fourth term as an at-large councilman.
Following his retirement, Shindledecker ran as a candidate for Hancock County commissioner in 2012, but lost the GOP nomination to current Commissioner Mark Gazarek in the primary election.
Russel, 56, of 1200 S. Main St., is an information technology systems analyst for Marathon Petroleum. He is seeking his fourth term as an at-large councilman.