No matter how one race for a Seneca County commissioner seat is decided, a new board member will fill the term that begins Jan. 2.
Holly Stacy, a Republican, and Paul Shoemaker, an independent candidate, are vying for the four-year term. During candidate forums and interviews, the candidates have claimed similar goals which each would pursue if elected.
Both say they believe safety of county residents, and retention and creation of jobs are top priorities. Each has ideas to make regular board meetings more accessible to residents.
Shoemaker clearly is passionate about seeking the position. He lost his job as a county employee because he is running for county office, and he regularly has attended board meetings.
However, in our view, Stacy's experience gives her the edge in this contest. Her years as president of the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Old Fort Board of Education have prepared her for the complexity of demands she would face as a county commissioner.
As voters decide which candidate will be a part of the board of commissioners in 2013, we urge them to select Stacy.