2024 Ottawa County Republican Candidates
Ottawa County Commissioner
Mark Coppeler is long-time Ottawa County resident, experienced government official, and successful business owner.
While operating Coppeler Heating and Electric, Mark was elected to Port Clinton City Council and served as chairman of the Finance and Infrastructure committees. In 2016, he was elected to the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners for his first term. While a commissioner, he has led numerous community initiatives, including facilitating the Portage River Water Trail (coming soon).
Mark Stahl is an experienced financial professional and well-rounded public servant.
Mark graduated from the University of Toledo with a dual bachelor in business focusing on Accounting on Finance. While working in accounting, Mark was elected as Allen Township Trustee, where he served for five years. He was elected in 2009 to the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners and later elected again in 2016 to return to the board. Mark also serves as a Battalion Chief with Allen-Clay Joint Fire District.
Ottawa County Commissioner
Ottawa County Recorder
Nathan Daniels is a lifelong Ottawa County resident. His ancestors have lived in the county dating back to the 1850s. A graduate of Genoa Area High School, he went on to attend the University of Toledo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a J.D. from the College of Law. Nate is a practicing attorney and he’s served as special counsel in Oregon Municipal Court in Oregon, Ohio. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at age 15.
Nate is serving his first term as Ottawa County Recorder. He was recently appointed chairman of the Continuing Education Committee for the Ohio Recorder’s Association.
Tony Hatmaker has spent his career effectively managing taxpayer dollars in positions of public service.
A graduate of Port Clinton High School, Tony graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in accounting. He served as the the Treasurer of the Genoa Area Local School District and as Treasurer of the City of
Port Clinton. In all, Tony brings a 25 year career of successful fiscal management in the government sector.
Ottawa County Treasurer
Ottawa County Clerk of Courts
John Klaehn is an experienced attorney and business owner. John was elected clerk of courts in 2020 and is seeking reelection in 2024.
John has been a resident of Ottawa County for 50 years, residing in Danbury Township with his sons, John Jr. and Alex. He spent 10 years operating and managing his family‘s business, Mutach’s Market in Marblehead. For the past 17 years, John has been in the private practice of law, specializing in Criminal Defense, Probate and Estate Planning, and Real Estate. John earned his bachelor's degree from Capital University and his law degree from the Ohio Northern College of Law.
Steve began his law enforcement career in 1984 in Pemberville, Ohio. He became a Catawba Island Township Police Officer in 1985 and a deputy at the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office in 1987, where he worked through the rank of Captain prior to retiring in 2010. In 2011, he came back as the Sheriff, where he has remained.
Ottawa County Sheriff
James VanEerten is a native of Northwest Ohio and current Ottawa County Prosecutor.
James previously operated a private law office, title insurance business, and served as Court Administrator for Ottawa County Common Pleas Judge Bruce Winters from 2010-2016. In 2016, James was elected Ottawa County Prosecutor. James resides in Danbury Township with his wife, Stacey, and daughter, Laine.