There is going to be massive change in the leadership positions for Perrysburg officials, no matter how people vote Tuesday.
Mayor, judge, City Council, township trustee, and school board have open spots with 19 candidates running, only some of which are incumbents. All of those positions have a direct impact on the people in this community, and there are big challenges upcoming.
For a complete listing and information for each race and candidate check here: http://www.ourtownperrysburg.com/Politics/2013/11/03/Perrysburg-to-select-next-mayor-judge.html.
When I've interviewed those candidates, several said they know some local races have low voter turnout and they don't want that to happen this time. This election, while not deciding on who will be our President, is vital for local politics and has so much on the line.
I really hope people get out and vote Tuesday to show those candidates there can be a good turnout in a non-presidential election.
There is a lot on the line for Perrysburg area residents.
The mayor will help decide what happens with the $26 million riverfront renovation plan -- the city council has approved a path and set aside other proposed changes for later. City council members will work with the mayor on what will happen with the riverfront as well as budget issues.
Board of education members will have a levy ending in a few years, and with the district's growth, it likely will need a new building. Several challengers to incumbents say they would bring a perspective that the district needs to be fiscally sound so voters won't be asked for more money with the next levy.
Township trustees are looking to eliminate un-zoned land in the township.
And, obviously Molly Mack or Tom Mackin will replace Perrysburg Municipal Judge S. Dwight Osterud, who held his position for almost 24 years. The judge decides on traffic cases and other local crime matters.
So please, I know there's no President to vote for Tuesday, but put a jacket on and have a say in Perrysburg area's leadership.