Joe Hintz elected for 3rd term as commissioner

Cary Ashby • Nov 6, 2018 at 11:31 PM

Joe Hintz will serve his third four-year term as a Huron County commissioner.

The Republican incumbent earned nearly 51 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s election. According to unofficial results, he had 9,424 votes compared to Melissa James, a Democrat, who had 5,532 votes (or nearly 30 percent) and Bob Morgan, an Independent, who gained 3,627 votes (almost 20 percent).

Hintz, who couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday, is a Norwalk High School graduate. He was a farmer and worked in a factory. Before Hintz ran for commissioner the first time, he was self-employed at Qualicare Services.

As a commissioner, Hintz has said there’s “a multitude of things” that are important, including controlling the county budget, fiscal responsibility and “we have to keep up with the buildings.”

James, of Bronson Township, said Tuesday she wished the best for Hintz in moving the county forward.

She was the executive director of the Huron County Chamber of Commerce for 16 years. James serves on the Huron County Airport authority board and has lived in the Norwalk area since 2000. For three years, she has run Square Goat Farms.

“I’m disappointed, but I appreciate the opportunity. It was a good experience,” James said, reflecting on her campaign. “It was a lot of hard work. I met a lot of nice people.”

This was the third time Morgan has run for commissioner. Four years ago, he ran against Hintz and then two years ago against Skip Wilde — both in the primary election. Morgan lost to Hintz by 38 votes and has said he lost by about 400 votes when he ran against Wilde, who is a commissioner with Terry Boose.

“It sucks,” Morgan said about losing. “I gave it a shot; it wasn’t meant to be. Thanks to everyone who supported me.”

A South Central High School graduate, the North Fairfield man said it’s unlikely he will run again for office while James said she doubted she would do so again.

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