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Joe Hintz says his health is 'on the rebound'

Cary Ashby • Jun 15, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Huron County Commissioner Joe Hintz said with his health “on the rebound,” he is confident he can complete the rest of his term and his health shouldn’t be an issue in the November general election.

“Great. It’s on the rebound,” he said after Thursday’s commissioners meeting when asked about his health. “I haven’t missed a commissioners’ meeting in some time.”

Hintz, a Republican incumbent, will face Democrat Melissa James and independent Bob Morgan in the commissioners’ race Nov. 6. The winner will join Terry Boose and Skip Wilde.

On Thursday, Hintz was asked if voters should be concerned that he can’t complete the rest of his term or another four-year term if he’s re-elected.

“No. In fact, I stated if I really felt like I couldn’t do this job and continue on, I would step down; I would not run again,” he said. 

Hintz said he missed some meetings in January and February “because I was in and out of the hospital.” 

“No, I’m doing fine,” he added.

Hintz, of Norwalk, is completing his second four-year term. 

In the May primary, he and James ran unopposed. Hintz received 3,087 votes. James, a Norwalk resident who announced in early October she was resigning as the executive director of the Huron County Chamber of Commerce, gained 1,474 votes.

This will be the third time Morgan is running for commissioner. He ran four years ago against Hintz and then two years ago against Wilde — both in the primary election.

Sharon Locke, Huron County Board of Elections director, said Morgan was certified to be on the ballot May 23.

Morgan has said he lost to Hintz by 38 votes the first time he ran and “400-some” when he ran against Wilde.

Retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation, Morgan is the longtime president of the Huron County Fair Board. The North Fairfield man earlier told the Reflector he is running for commissioner again “so people have a choice.”

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