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TED BOWLUS for Wood County Commissioner: The Right Prescription for Wood County

Dr. Ted Bowlus holds the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, along with a Master’s Degree in Anatomy and Neuroscience from the Medical College of Ohio (now the University of Toledo Medical Center). He has worked with Wood County citizens in many capacities throughout his career – as a physician and business owner in Perrysburg for nearly 30 years, a board member of two mental health agencies, a member and past-president of the Wood County Board of Health, and a two-term elected member of the Eastwood Board of Education.  His community volunteer activities include teaching Family-to-Family classes, which provide education, training and support to people who have family members affected by mental illness and/or drug abuse, participating in medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Mexico, and helping to rebuild homes in New Orleans that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Bowlus has the knowledge and vision to improve Wood County’s economic outlook by advocating for and implementing policies that create more jobs, striving to keep taxes as low as possible, and not wasting the tax dollars that are collected. He has the knowledge and expertise to work with local and state health officials to both improve access to health care and combat drug abuse. For all of these reasons and more, he is uniquely qualified to serve as Wood County Commissioner.


My inspiration to run for public office comes many sources, but the experiences that have most inspired me to serve in this capacity come from mission trips I have made to third world countries over the past 15 years. I have seen areas of the world where services such as clean water, decent housing, and health care are virtually nonexistent. Through these opportunities to serve those who have much less than those in Northwest Ohio, I have come to appreciate the many blessings we have in Wood County. I have lived virtually all of my life in Wood County and raised my family here.

At his point in my life, I believe I have the experience and motivation to understand the issues and problems that are encountered every day by Wood County citizens and to make a positive difference that benefits all of the county’s residence. I feel my best qualification is my30-plus years as a

podiatric physician, where I have had the privilege of working with thousands of patients to identify and treat their medical problems. This type of one-on-one experience is invaluable because it involves highly developed personal communication skills that will allow me to serve my constituents and give back to the community in a meaningful way.

My wife, Lois, and I have been married for 30 years, and have raised our combined family of eight children in Wood County.  We have attended First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green for over 18 years.  Two of our children have attended Bowling Green State University, and our youngest son, Jonathan, a 2016 Eastwood graduate, is a freshman at BGSU.

My father and grandfather were businessmen in Pemberville, and my neighbors are farmers.  I also have many extended family members who live in Wood County. I draw my daily inspiration and motivation from my desire to serve my family and friends in the best way I can – not only as a physician, but also as a husband, father, coworker and friend. My decision to run for public office is a natural extension of this desire to serve and to give back to my community.

One of the biggest challenges that I foresee as a Commissioner is implementing my vision to facilitate and improve communication between citizens and county government by supporting the various agencies and other entities that affect life in Wood County.  In this age of increasing government regulation and intrusion into our private lives, it is important that the County Commissioners stand for the welfare of all our citizens, and that we all work TOGETHER for the benefit of all of our communities.