Instructions on How to Run For A Political Office
League of Women Voters of the Perrysburg Area, P.O. Box 712, Perrysburg, OH 43552-0712
This page provides general information and background on running for local, county, state, and national office. For more specific and current information, please contact one of the officials or offices listed below. ___________________________________________________________
HOW TO RUN FOR OFFICEEach governmental body--the City of Perrysburg, the local townships and school districts as well as county, state and national bodies--maintains different processes by which potential candidates are selected, nominated and elected. The sections below explore specifically how to run for an office at the local, county, state or national level. ___________________________________________________________
RUNNING FOR A LOCAL OFFICE:The governmental bodies in the Perrysburg area are separate and independent from one another.
However, each is responsible to the voters!
The local Perrysburg-area elected governmental positions and the governmental bodies to which they belong are:
This page provides basic information. Seek out and request current information, specific dates, and the appropriate forms from the sources listed:
The Secretary of the School Board--the CFO or Treasurer--of the school district can provide more information as to the requirements of the position in terms of times of meetings and numbers of meetings, the Sunshine Law, pay, ethical filings, etc. Interested candidates should ask for notification of public meetings and for a copy of the upcoming agenda of each meeting. Attending meetings before running for office is highly recommended. The Perrysburg School Board meets the third Monday at 7 p.m. at the Commodore Building, 140 E. Indiana Avenue. For information about Perrysburg Schools, visit their website at http://www.perrysburgschools.net.
During election years, which are odd numbered, sometimes school groups host informational meetings to allow potential candidates to explore what is involved in being on the school board. There are also usually citizen committees that work on the various needs of the District. Service on such a committee provides a greatbasis for learning about the District and its issues. Often, candidates for School Board have experience as a volunteer within a school building or buildings as well.
The school board's elected officials serve overlapping terms of four years. In other words, two serve a simultaneous four-year term ending in 2007 and the remaining three serve a term that is also four years long and ends in 2009. School Board elections are nonpartisan, though candidates may choose to indicate their political party in their advertisements and/or campaign literature. The Board President and Vice President are selected by the members of the school board and serve a one-year term.
For more information,contact your local school board CFO/Treasurer or the Ohio Association of School Boards (OSBA) at http://www.osba-ohio.org. This is a valuable resource after attaining office as well since OSBA provides training for new Board of Education members and new Board Presidents.
Trustee meetings are held on the first and third
Mondays of each month at 7:30 p.m. and are open
to the public. They meet at the Township
offices, 26609 Lime City Road near the
intersection of US 20. Interested candidates
should attend several of these meetings. Call
872-8861 to request notification of and agendas
for Perrysburg Township's upcoming meetings. The
Township also has a website which is
Election years are odd numbered. Two trustees run
every four years with their term ending in 2011
and overlap with the third trustee who has a four-
year term that ends in 2009. Trustees are both
the executive and the legislative branch of a
Township, but may have a professional
administrator, as is the case with Perrysburg
Township's John Hrosko, who runs the Township's
Townships also have an elected Clerk. The Clerk's
duties are to provide record keeping, bookkeeping
and to pay the employees and the vendors of the
Township. The Clerk's term ends 3/31/12.
The Township has two Trustee-appointed
Committees that may provide valuable experience
for a potential candidate for Trustee. They are
the Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning
For more information on the duties and
responsibilities of Township trustees, please
check the Ohio Township Association website at
http://www.ohiotownships.org. They may also be reached
at (614) 863-0045 or at OTA, 5969 E. Livingston
Ave., Ste 110, Columbus, OH 43232-2970. This
organization provides legislative information,
training, networking, and lobbying on behalf of
The best training ground for candidates comes from those who have served terms on the City's various citizen Boards, Committees and Commissions. They include Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Civil Service Commission, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Historic Landmarks Commission, Street Tree Commission, Litter Control Board, Way Public Municipal Library Board, Board of Income Tax Review, and Community Improvement Council/Revolving Loan Fund Committee.
Potential candidates should also attend meetings of Council and/or Committees, Boards or Commissions. The Clerk of Council/Finance Director is the person to contact for meeting times and agenda. The current City Council meeting days and times are the first and third Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. The meetings are at 201 W. Indiana Avenue in the Municipal Building. The City's Internet address is http://www.ci.perrysburg.oh.us.
In the City of Perrysburg, most business is done via Council Committee and then recommended by the Committee to the Council as a whole for a vote at the Council meeting. In order to understand the discussion and decision-making process on an issue, it is advisable to attend those committee meetings in which it is discussed, though the minutes are public information.
As with the other offices, election information is
available through the Board of Elections of Wood
For more information contact about running
for political office in Perrysburg, the following
The OML provides training for new and veteran
council members and legislative information as
well as networking, lobbying, and information for
its member communities.
The City also has a Municipal Court Judge whose term
is six years and ends in 2013. Please contact the
Ohio Bar Association and the Wood County Board of
Elections for more information on the qualifications
required to run for Judge.
RUNNING FOR COUNTY, STATE OR NATIONAL OFFICE:
The County elective offices are:
Several of the above mentioned seats require special
qualifications in order to run for the office.
Contact the specific office, the Secretary of State
or the Wood County Board of Elections for more
In Wood County, the local Democratic Party website
is http://www.woodcodemocrats.org. The Republican Party's
local website is http://www.woodgop.org.