Monday, April 21st, 2014
By William Kincaid
Long tapped to fill board seat
  CELINA - Phil Long of Celina has been appointed to the Mercer County Board of Elections to complete the unexpired four-year term of Mark Giesige.
The Mercer County Democrats' executive committee recently recommended Long to fill the vacancy left by Giesige, who resigned at the end of March to focus on his work with the Missionaries of Precious Blood.
Secretary of State Jon Husted made the announcement Friday.
State law requires bipartisan representation on county boards of elections - two Republican and two Democratic members.
Long, 59, is a retired teacher who taught in Celina's elementary and intermediate schools for over 35 years.
"I believe so much in the value of voting, and I taught social studies and always tried to impress that with the students, the importance of voting in a democracy," Long said this morning.
Long said he wanted to share his enthusiasm and explore the voting process in Mercer County.
"I want to ensure all the rights and privileges of the citizens," he said.
Long will serve the two remaining years on Giesige's term.
Also serving on the board is Democrat and retired teacher Bill Sell, and Republican members Toni Slusser and Del Kramer, both of Celina.
Sell, also a Celina City councilman, was recently appointed to another term. Kramer also was recently appointed to another term, and Slusser has two more years on her term, according to board director Laura Bruns.
The board will convene for a special meeting at 10 a.m. April 29 to reorganize, a process required each time a change in membership occurs. Members at that time likely will vote on a policy to swap every two years the roles of the director and deputy director.
Additional online stories for this date
Print edition only stories for this date
• Medicaid growth strains local JFS offices
• Home sustains heavy damage in blaze
• Coldwater brothers face drug charges
• Celina firefighters battle Sunday morning fire
• Darland wins feature
• Bulldogs split softball round robin
a_d
Thursday Night
41°
Mostly Cloudy
1%
Friday
61°
Partly Sunny
5%
Friday Night
48°
Partly Cloudy
9%
Saturday
68°
Partly Sunny
12%
Saturday Night
44°
Mostly Clear
4%
Sunday
61°
Mostly Sunny
Sunday Night
45°
Mostly Clear
5%
Monday
73°
Partly Sunny
5%
Monday Night
58°
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday
72°
Mostly Cloudy
48%
Tuesday Night
48°
Rain Showers Likely
70%
3 Day
Extended
a_da_d
camera_logo Photo Albums
Wednesday, October 22
index pict
Tuesday, October 21
index pict
video_logoOnline Video
Thursday, October 2
index pict
Accident at 127 and 119
Monday, September 29
index pict
Grand Lake Marathon