Mary Bullen, Adam Craft facing off for county commissioner seat

Rachael Vonderhaar running unopposed

By Braden Moles -






PREBLE COUNTY — Voters in Preble County will have the opportunity to elect two new Preble County Commissioners in the Nov. 3 general election.

Republican Adam Craft will face off against independent Mary Bullen, while Republican Rachael Vonderhaar will appear on the ballot uncontested.

In two contested commission races in the primary election earlier this year, Adam Craft unseated incumbent Denise Robertson 2,560-2,418 as Rachael Vonderhaar won over incumbent Chris Day 2,918-2,073 to appear on the November ballot.

Mary Bullen, who filed as an independent, announced her candidacy in July for a Preble County Commissioner seat.

Candidates in contested races were mailed questionnaires by The Register-Herald to allow constituents to learn about the candidates before heading to the polls. Responses from candidates have been lightly edited for grammar and style.

Mary Bullen

Occupation: Community advocate and retired business manager.

Past Political Positions Held: None.

Education: Degree in Applied Science from Miami University.

Community Involvement: I have always been engaged in our community. Serving on numerous boards and attending their meetings has been a part of my life because I care and I want the best for our community, its’ individuals and families. I founded Home is the Foundation and continue as its’ board president because we believe everyone in Preble County should have a decent place to live. With the support of so many good people in Preble County, we have been making a difference for almost 20 years for those who need our help.

Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position?

I bring years of business experience beginning from the ground up in my family’s manufacturing company. I learned all the basics: accounting, finance, budgets, how to run meetings, set priorities and plan the implementation necessary to succeed with them. There’s a lot more to running a company like writing procedures and policies, hiring the right people and providing a safe, fair and respectful place where they can work and provide for themselves and their families. I know there is much to learn on the government side of the job. But, I love to learn and am excited about having the opportunity. I’m proud of those years at Bullen Ultrasonics and the success we achieved. I would be proud to apply those hard earned skills in the county commission office.

What are the most crucial issues facing the office you are seeking and how would you address it?

We have been deeply affected by this pandemic. I want to make sure that we are doing our best to protect our community from the virus and the affect it has had on all our lives.

The 2021 commission will be faced with handling the Sewer District 6 issues. I hope to be proactive in correcting the problem without being forced to pursue something the Glenwood area cannot afford.

If elected, what would be your chief priorities?

I hope to work closely with my fellow commissioners and the community, to develop a plan addressing the most important issues facing our county.

Additional comments:

I have the time, the experience and the desire to help this county be the best place to live and raise our families. I would love to have that opportunity and hope you will support me with your vote.

Adam Craft

Past Political Positions Held: I currently am a precinct committeeman for the Preble County Central Committee (for the Republican Party). I am a lifelong conservative Republican with strong ties to past and present members.

Education: I attended Sinclair Community College for Electronic Engineering Tech with an emphasis on electrical trades. After completing my apprenticeship, I tested for and obtained my master electrical license through the OCILB (Ohio Construction Industry License Board).

Community Involvement: I have been involved in several community organizations. I served as minister of music at two local churches. I am currently the president of the Twin Valley Rec League that provides oversight to eight baseball organizations in Preble, Montgomery and Butler County. I serve as the chairman of the Preble County Planning Commission.

Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position?

I will listen to the residents of Preble County because I am here to serve the taxpayer first and foremost. I have great working relationships with all of our elected officials. The office of commissioner is here to serve you.

What are the most crucial issues facing the office you are seeking, and how would you address it?

Preble County is facing an uncertain future. The affects of this pandemic have implications that could impact our county for years to come. I will fight to protect our tax dollars while providing the best level of service to our residents. I will work to protect our conservative way of life for all of our residents for generations to come.

If elected, what would be your chief priorities?

My top priority, if elected, will be to protect the tax payer, listen to our great elected officials, work hard to take care of our county offices and support them in their efforts to serve the community.

Additional Comments:

I am a lifelong conservative republican. I am a strong supporter of the NRA and the Second Amendment. I am a strong pro-life advocate. I believe that the role of government is to serve the people from day one. Thank you for your support on Nov. 3. God bless!

Craft Submitted

Bullen Submitted
Rachael Vonderhaar running unopposed

By Braden Moles

Reach Braden Moles at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @BradenMoles

Reach Braden Moles at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @BradenMoles