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Margaretta Township Trustee Timothy Riesterer

Declaration of Candidacy for Erie County Commissioner
Timothy Riesterer, Margaretta Township Trustee, files petition
Press Release

Margaretta Township Trustee, Timothy Riesterer has filed petition declaring candidacy for the position of Erie County Commissioner. He will appear on the democratic ballot in the May 8th primary.

Tim is a retired captain from the City of Sandusky Fire Department where he served for 32 years. During his tenure he was the liaison between the City of Sandusky Fire Department and the Erie County Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) which coordinates county fire, police, and EMS services to plan and prepare for local emergencies and disasters.

He is currently serving in his 23nd year on the Margaretta Township Board of Trustees. During his tenure on the board, Margaretta township has received over 5 million dollars in local, state, and federal grants for projects. While serving as president of the Erie County Township Association, Erie County received recognition at the state level for the largest percentage increase in membership.  

A proven public servant, Tim has participated or currently serves on numerous county boards to include the former Greater Erie Marketing (GEM) and the now current Erie County Economic Development Corporation (ECEDC), the Erie County Community Improvement Corporation, the Issue II review board, the Erie County Community Foundation, and the Erie Regional Planning Commission Citizens Advisory and Safety Committee.

Born here, raised here, works here, and lives here, Erie County has always been “home”.  A lifelong resident of the Castalia community and Erie County, Tim currently resides in Margaretta Township with his wife of 40 years. He attended Margaretta Schools and Firelands College. His two adult children are also graduates of the Margaretta school system.

Dedicated to serving the people who live, work and visit Erie County.

There’s no place like home.”   

Margaretta man makes bid for county commissioner
Andy Ouriel, Staff Reporter | Sandusky Register

2.08.18 - MARGARETTA TWP. — After a three-decade run as a firefighter, and amid his second-plus decade as a township trustee, Tim Riesterer learned, first and foremost, how government operates.

Navigating through those often-choppy political waters, he believes, sets him up as an ideal officeholder for a prestigious political position.

Earlier this week, Riesterer submitted his petitions to the local elections board so he can run for Erie County commissioner.

“There are a lot of great things happening here right now, and I just want to be a part of it,” said Riesterer, a Margaretta Township trustee and retired Sandusky firefighter of 32 years. “I was born here, raised here, went to school here, have lived here and serve here. Erie County is my home, and I want to be part of the leadership team that continues the good things that is happening.”

He wants the office occupied by incumbent Bill Monaghan, who won’t seek a fourth term.

Riesterer, a Democrat, faces at least three other people vying for the same seat. They include:

• Former Sandusky city commissioner Julie Farrar

• Huron city councilman Brad Hartung, who also serves as the government’s mayor

• BAS Broadcasting news director Steve Shoffner

Others could run, but the deadline for those seeking a Democratic or Republican nomination came and went Wednesday afternoon.

Out of three positions, there’s only one contested commission seat this year. State officials scheduled a primary race for May and a general election in November.

The winner stands to join officeholders Matt Old, a Republican, and Pat Shenigo, a Democrat. Both men won four-year terms — Old’s first and Shenigo’s third — which began in 2017.

Running for a reason

Riesterer, a lifelong member of the Castalia community, wants to continue Erie County’s unprecedented momentum he credits Shenigo for starting. He specifically referenced further stabilizing finances, including at The Meadows at Osborn Park, and supporting projects bringing jobs into Erie County, like Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center.

“The commission is going in the right direction,” Riesterer said. “I would like to see that economic development continued and even improved.”

Riesterer then explained how his lifelong commitment to public service can parlay into success as a county commissioner. For instance, during his 23-year township trustee tenure, he helped secure $5 million in grants for projects benefiting the area.

“As a township trustee, you are involved with so much: budgets, administrative decisions, personnel issues, roads, drainage, infrastructure improvements. You are just involved with everything,” Riesterer said. “You are hands-on, and you need to be in touch with so many people inside and outside your own operation, and I have done that.”

If elected, Riesterer vowed to make decisions and develop policies pushing Erie County’s best interests, and not his own agenda, forward.

“I am dedicated to serving the people who live, work and visit Erie County,” he said.


Tim Coffman, Treasurer, 3320 Maple Avenue, Castalia 44824