Ferrell, Schaefer win Perkins races

PERKINS TWP. An upset in the fiscal officer race and a bit of a squeaker for the open trustee seat h
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

PERKINS TWP.

An upset in the fiscal officer race and a bit of a squeaker for the open trustee seat highlighted the changes voters made Tuesday in Perkins Township.

Former Township clerk Diane Schaefer knocked out incumbent Fiscal Officer Pamela Hartung-Kellam by a vote of 1,900 to 1,777, a 52 to 48 percent margin.

There was no majority won in the three-way trustee race for one open seat, where newcomer Jeff Ferrell claimed victory with 37 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results.

Ferrell received 1,500 votes while Don Bass garnered 33 percent of the vote total with 1,335 votes and former Trustee Jerry Baumgardner earned 29 percent with 1,173 votes.

Ferrell, a Sandusky firefighter, said he's wants to hit the ground running.

"I know there's a lot of work to be done out there. I'm ready to get busy and get the things I said I would get done, done," he said. "I'm really excited and honored to have the endorsement of the people of the township."

Bass could not be reached for comment.

Baumgardner said for now, he's throwing in the towel.

"The people of the township thought they had a better candidate," he said. "I gave it the best shot I could. We just didn't get it this time."

Schaefer said she's excited about her return to township government. She served as township's clerk from 1983 to 1992.

"I wish Diane the best of luck," Hartung-Kellem said.

The race: Three candidates vied for one seat on the Perkins Board of Trustees. Incumbent fiscal officer Pamela Hartung-Kellem was challenged by Diane Schaefer for the position.

The results:

Jeff Ferrell won the trustees race with 1,500 votes and Diane Schaefer was elected township fiscal officer with 1,900 votes.