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Erie County Commissioner - Julie Farrar

Meet Julie Farrar

  • 51 years old
  • Lifelong Democrat
  • Proven Leadership Experience
  • 4 years on Sandusky School Board
  • 8 years on Sandusky City Commission
  • 25 years in Leadership with my Union (OCSEA 2200)
  • Retired from Ohio Veterans Home after 31 years
  • Current Vice President of the Volunteer Center of Erie County
  • Most recently honored for my 7 years of service on the Erie Co. Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • 2017 "Woman of Excellence" Award recipient

Farrar files for Erie County commission seat
Andy Ouriel , Staff Reporter | Sandusky Register

1.16.18 - SANDUSKY — Staying away from civic service apparently doesn’t suit Julie Farrar.

Only a year into retirement, after ending a 31-year career with the Ohio Veterans Home mostly as a volunteer coordinator, she’s once again pursuing a campaign.

Farrar submitted her petitions Tuesday to the Erie County Board of Elections to run for a county commission seat.

“I’m looking forward to getting back into the political arena,” Farrar said. “I feel like I have been a fish out of water for a while.”

She seeks the office occupied by incumbent Bill Monaghan, a fellow Democrat. Local officials indicated it doesn’t appear Monaghan wants to run for a fourth term.

Farrar marks the first and only candidate to turn in her paperwork. All other county commission candidates have until Feb. 7 to do so. Huron city councilman Brad Hartung, meanwhile, began circulating his petitions with intentions of filing soon.

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 taking place 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 both began in 2017.

Running for a reason

Farrar, a Sandusky resident, boasts plenty of experience in political positions. She served on the Sandusky school board and then, right afterward, began an eight-year stint on city commission, with term limits forcing her out in 2015.

In a retrospective Register news article, which published in December 2015 and examined her checkered history on city commission, she did make mention of possibly running for county commission.

Fast-forward a little more than two years later, and she’s acting upon that desire.

But why now?

“When I worked for the state, at the Ohio Veterans Home, I couldn’t run for partisan politics,” Farrar said. “That’s why I stuck to school board and city commission. But now that I’m retired, I can devote all my time to that position.”

Farrar wants to continue the unprecedented momentum and cooperation on commission started by Shenigo and continuing with Old.

“Some really good things are happening right now, and I would like to do what I can to help make sure things are proceeding,” Farrar said.

Among Farrar’s main goals to accomplish, if elected: find solutions to counteract and curb the region’s drug epidemic.

“That’s on the top of my priority list,” said Farrar, who’s among the staunchest of supporters for a detox center, which debuted earlier this month, and the area’s first inpatient residential treatment facility, both located on Superior Street in Sandusky. County commissioners are financially supporting both endeavors.

“Everyone knows someone that has problems with drugs or alcohol, and it’s something we have to address,” Farrar said.

She’s also an advocate for blight elimination, having served on committees directly leading to about 100 condemned homes in Sandusky getting demolished.

A seasoned politician in Erie County, Farrar contends the experience she’s gained would prevent her from committing blunders crippling far too many public sector newcomers.

“I’ve already made all the rookie mistakes I think I could have possibly made, and I’m learning from my mistakes,” Farrar said. “That is what will make me a good commissioner. I have 12 years experience in government with 31 years working in government. I’m excited for this and see what I can do.”