Two businessmen are challenging longtime Huron County commissioner Mike Adelman for his seat this November.
Adelman, 60, is a Democrat and lifelong Monroeville resident who was elected to fill an unexpired term in 2000. He was re-elected to full terms in 2002 and 2006. He said he's particularly proud of his role in stabilizing the budget during tough economic times, which he said will continue to be his first priority. He also plans to make law enforcement and economic development a focus.
Republican candidate Joe Hintz, 54, operates Qualicare Services in Norwalk with his wife Elaine. The company performs specialty cleaning such as chimney sweeps for businesses and homes. He said he hopes he can make changes at the local level to retain and attract jobs and hopes to promote economic development by building relationships with state and local officials.
Independent candidate Jim Ewell Jr., 56, a salesman at Don Tester Ford, said he hopes to create a more business-friendly environment, and provide more support to the county sheriff while tightening the county's belt. He said he believes there's a better way to balance the budget, rather than cutting hours for county employees, as Huron County has done over the past year.