Thursday, October 31st, 2013
By Amy Kronenberger
First-time candidates vying for St. Marys council
Election November 2013
  ST. MARYS - Two first-time candidates are vying for a vacant Ward 2 seat on St. Marys City Council in Tuesday's general election.
Democrat Kenneth Koverman and Republican David Lunz hope to win the seat of Democratic incumbent Dennis Vossler, who is not seeking another four-year term.
Ward 2 covers the northwest quadrant of the city.
The remaining seven open council seats are uncontested.

Kenneth Koverman
Koverman, 55, 1128 Holly St., said he has worked in public service for most of his adult life and would like to continue that service. He graduated from The Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in 1979 and served as a state trooper until his retirement in 2006. During that time, he served as assistant post commander for 11 years and post commander for five years.
Koverman said his experience with the highway patrol has taught him leadership and teamwork skills which make him the best candidate for the seat.
"I have learned that nothing gets done without teamwork," he said. "You must set goals and work together to accomplish these goals."
The Memorial High School graduate said the biggest challenge he'll face as a council member is helping finances by maintaining and expanding funding sources.
"I see that as a major challenge now and into the future, and we must support our economic base to support our city and community."
Another challenge he expects will be financially supporting the school by bringing in new businesses and encouraging community support.
Koverman unsuccessfully competed for a seat on the St. Marys Board of Education in 2011. He's never sought any other public office.
He and his wife, Angie, have a 33-year-old daughter and a 27-year-old son.

David Lunz
Lunz, 48, 1101 Neil Ave., is seeking election because he wants to continue serving the city. It is his first time running for public office.
"I heard the incumbent wasn't running so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to help my community," he said.
He has worked for the Auglaize County Council on Aging for about one year. Prior to that, he served with the St. Marys Fire Department.
The Memorial High School graduate was born and raised in St. Marys. He and his wife, Melissa, have a 3-year-old son.
Lunz said he is the best candidate because he is a lifelong resident of St. Marys and has always played an active role in the community.
Lunz said he doesn't know of any major challenges ahead for council but he would like the opportunity to face whatever may come along and work with council to reach the best solution.
Uncontested council seats include Republican incumbent Dan Hoelscher, council president; Republican incumbent John Bubp, Ward 1; Democrat and former mayor Greg Freewalt, Ward 3; Democratic incumbent Robin Willoughby, Ward 4; and at-large Republican candidates incumbent Bob Fitzgerald, former city economic development director Todd Fleagle; and Dan Uhlenhake, a prepress manager at Post Printing in Minster.
Incumbents Bill Slemmons, Ward 3, and Ron Ginter, at-large, also are not seeking re-election. Incumbent at-large councilman Jim Harris lost his seat during the primary election in May.
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