Schmenk to be county’s first female commissioner


Union County will have its first female commissioner.
Voters have selected Christiane Schmenk as Union County Commissioner.
According to unofficial results from the Union County Board of Elections, Schmenk, a Republican, earned 16,187 votes, about 71 percent, while Democrat Tiffanie Roberts received 6,698 votes, about 29 percent.
“I would like to thank the residents of Union County for their vote of confidence,” Schmenk said in a statement.
Schmenk, of Marysville, will replace current commissioner Gary Lee, who is retiring at the end of the year after finishing his fourth term as commissioner.
“I love this county, and I look forward to serving its residents,” Schmenk said. “I pledge to work hard to represent the best interests of our county in all that I do as our next County Commissioner.”
She said the hard work of her family and supporters helped achieve the win.”
Schmenk complemented Roberts for “running a good, clean race.”
“Tiffanie worked hard, and I hope she stays involved in our county in the future,” Schmenk said.
Roberts, of Dublin, said she and her supporters will stay active.
“We are all anxious to continue working for a safe and healthy Union County and making sure voices all over the county are heard and considered,” Roberts said.
Robert Parrott, president of the Union County Historical Society, confirmed that when Schmenk takes office as commissioner, she will be the first woman in that role. With two women running, the election would have resulted in the historic outcome regardless of the vote count.
“I think it is exciting that we are seeing women more active in local elections and in politics statewide and really around the country,” Parrott said this morning.
An attorney, Schmenk currently works as an economic development attorney for Bricker & Eckler LLP.
Schmenk said she will make decisions about her future with the firm after she knows more about her obligations as a commissioner.
“I am going to stay in the beginning and evaluate what the demands are of being a county commissioner,” Schmenk said before the election. “I am absolutely prepared to step away from Bricker & Eckler if the demands of being a county commissioner demand it.”
Prior to the election, Schmenk cited smart growth throughout the county and cooperation between the townships, the county and municipalities as major goals. She also said she is eager to continue working on the county’s strategic plan.
Schmenk graduated from Marysville High School, earned a B.S. from Ohio Northern University and her law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
She served as the elected Mayor of Marysville from 2008 to 2011. She currently works as an economic development attorney for Bricker & Eckler LLP. Before her current position, Schmenk served as director of the Ohio Development Services Agency and an attorney for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.
Schmenk has been married to her husband, Mike, since 1981. They have two adult children.
She has served on the board of The Hope Center, the Union County Foundation, Memorial Health, the Union County Chamber of Commerce and the Marysville Public Library. She has also been chair of the Union County Republican Party.

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