Eight Huron Co. townships have contested races

Eight of Huron County's 19 townships have contested races for trustee and/or fiscal officer. Townships are governed by a board of three trustees and fiscal officer, all of whom are elected to four-year terms. The elections are staggered, so two trustees run in one general election, and then the third trustee and fiscal officer run two years later.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

Eight of Huron County's 19 townships have contested races for trustee and/or fiscal officer.

Townships are governed by a board of three trustees and fiscal officer, all of whom are elected to four-year terms. The elections are staggered, so two trustees run in one general election, and then the third trustee and fiscal officer run two years later.

Three men have put their names in the hat for one seat as a Clarksfield Township trustee. Bill Johnson, of 4646 Wenz Rd.; Ryan P. Horoschak, of 798 Monroe St.; and Tim Waldron, of 1997 Ohio 18; will all be on the ballot.

Two men are vying for one position as Fitchville Township trustee. Joe Merrilees, of 1488 Ohio 162, and Robert W. White, of 2283 Ohio 162 E. are both seeking the one open seat.

The field for Greenfield Township fiscal officer is a crowded field with four candidates seeking the position. Elizabeth Smith, of 442 Peru Center Rd.; Jill L. Cherry, of 1590 Hanville Corners Rd.; Kurt Barman, of 2776 Ohio 162 W; and Laura Baxter, of 2305 Walnut Rd. are all seeking the seat.

Two men will be on the ballot for Hartland Township trustee. Both Carl L. Bohn, of 3476 Zenobia Rd., and Kevin Zimmerman, of 1806 Jericho Rd., have filed for the position.

The candidates for New London Township trustee face a race as both John W. Kelly, of 4785 Ohio 162, and Wendy Kidd, of 4581 Fayette Rd., have filed for the position.

Three candidates hope to be elected as Norwalk Township Fiscal Officer. Bridget K. Musso, 495 S. Norwalk Rd. W.; Rhonda Jaworski, 4661 Whittlesey Ave.; and Terry Boose, 5054 Ohio 601, all are vying for the job. Two candidates are on the ballot for the open trustee seat on the board - Erin Gail Bartle, of 910 Wood Glen, and Frank Schnellinger, of 2788 Laylin Rd.

Two men have filed for the seat as a Richmond trustee. B.E. Schuller, of 5647 Willard West Rd., and Donald J. Hutchison, of 5640 Bullhead Rd., both will get their names on the ballot.

Two men are also running for the Ridgefield trustee seat. David J. Mahl, of 2756 Ohio 99 S., and Fred Leber, of 2723 Peru Center Rd., are both hoping to win the seat.

The rest of the township races in Huron County are uncontested.

Lee Ann Wetzel, of 1460 Ridge Rd., is running for another term as Bronson Township fiscal officer and Larry Reilly, of 277 Hasbrock Rd., is running for Bronson Township trustee.

Jane L. Gray, of 5321 Zenobia Rd., is running for the position of Clarksfield Township fiscal officer.

Fairfield Township will also have only uncontested races as Amy Schwanger, of 334 Ohio 162 E., is running for fiscal officer and Don R. Sweeting, of 855 Olive Rd., is running for trustee.

The position of Fitchville Township fiscal officer is also uncontested as Lucinda Amburgy, of 1579 Fitchville River Rd. N, is the only candidate for the position.

Larry Swander, of 493 Townline 113, is the sole candidate for the open seat on the Greenfield board of trustees.

Lisa A. Madison, of 3019 224 E., is the lone candidate for Greenwich Township fiscal officer and David C. Seidel, of 2962 Alpha Rd., is the candidate for trustee.

The position for Hartland Township fiscal officer also has only one name on the ballot - Sandra L. Motolik, of 1064 Hartland Center Rd.

Lyme Township has no contested races with Deborah L. Hawkins, of 5409 Edmonds Rd., on the ballot for the position of fiscal officer and Michael C. Nottke, of 5286 Ohio 113 E., on the ballot for trustee.

Tammy L. Hall, of 2744 Peru Center, will be the New Haven Township fiscal officer and William H. Chapman, of 4500 Ohio 61, will be trustee.

Jerry Gardner, of 5922 Townline Rd. 187 is the only candidate for New London Township fiscal officer.

Alberta Elmlinger, of 6299 Sherman Norwich Rd., is the sole candidate for Norwich Township fiscal officer, while David L. Homan, of 4527 Egypt Rd., is the one candidate for the township's trustee seat.

Peru Township has no contested races either. Krista L. Smith, of 1103 Peru Hollow Rd., is on the ballot for fiscal officer and Bradley Allen Sparks, of 1630 Hettle Rd., is on the ballot for trustee.

Marilyn A. Hord, of 4520 Bullhead Rd., is the only candidate for Richmond Township fiscal officer.

Karen A. Fries, of 1660 Jacob Rd., is the sole candidate for Ridgefield Township fiscal officer.

Ripley Township will not see contested races as Lorin Brown, of 3827 Greenwich Milan Townline Rd., is the only candidate for fiscal officer and Barbara Caudill, of 4382 New State Rd., is the one candidate for trustee.

Sherman Township also has only candidate for each race. Tom J. Elmlinger, of 4541 Peru W. Section Line Rd., is running for trustee and Christine Bumb, of 6465 Bismark Rd., is running for fiscal officer.

William J. Mesenburg, of 5360 W. Collins Rd., is the sole candidate for Townsend Township fiscal officer and John A. Liles, of 3177 Liles Rd., is the only candidate for trustee.

Wakeman Township also does not have contested township races with Diane Wolf, of 4913 County Line 2, the one candidate for fiscal officer and Bryon H. Dalton as the sole candidate for trustee.

The Reflector mailed candidate questionaire forms to all of the candidates. Here are the answers for those who chose to participate.

BRONSON

Bronson Township Fiscal Officer

Lee Ann Wetzel

Age: 49

Family: Husband Scott, sons Adam and Andrew

Address: 1460 Ridge Road

Occupation: currently employed as an intervention specialist at Norwalk High School

Education: B.A. Bowling Green State University; Master of Education, BGSU; M.A. in school counseling from Heidelberg College

Previous Public Service: I have served three terms as Fiscal Officer

Why did you decide to run: Serving as the Bronson Township Fiscal Officer has enabled me to meet many residents of our township and to assist them where I can. I enjoy working with the current Board of Trustees. Together with the residents, we can make Bronson Township the best it can be.

Bronson Township Trustee

Larry Reilly

Age: 57

Family: Wife

Address: 277 Hasbrock Road

Occupation: Self-employed farmer for the past 40 years

Education: Norwalk High School graduate

Previous Public Service: Bronson Township trustee for 12 years

Why did you decide to run: To continue the work I have been doing for the past 12 years.

CLARKSFIELD

Clarksfield Township Trustee

Ryan Horoschak

Age: 38

Family: Wife Janice, daughters Sara, Erica, Emma and Victoria, son Gabriel

Address: 798 Monroe Road

Occupation: 15 years sales in paving and pavement maintenance industries

Education: B.S., B.A. in marketing from the University of Akron

Office sought: Clarksfield Township Trustee

Previous Public Service: Clarksfield Township trustee from 2004 to present

Why did you decide to run: I ran for Clarksfield Township trustee four years ago because the roads, ditches and cemetaries were in very poor condition. The Huron County Engineer was quoted in the Norwalk Reflector as saying that Clarksfield Township's roads were the worst in Huron County. In the past four years, we have made consistent progress on virtually every road in the township and I would like to continue to improve them.

I enjoy serving the residents of Clarksfield Township and would like to continue to utilize my business and work experience to better our community.

What do you see as the top three concerns facing your constitutents:

I think the top three issues facing the Trustee position are roads, cemetaries and Trustee relationships.

Improving roads is very important. We've made great progress the past four years and I'd like to continue to keep roads a top priority.

Our cemetaries are also an important issue. We've worked diligently to secure leaning headstones, which are a great liability for the township. I'd like to continue this project.

Finally, good working relationships among Trustees is crucial. The past four years I've worked in a professional manner with the other Trustees and I'd like to continue for the next four years.

Bill Johnson

Age: 64

Family: Wife Mary Anne, daughter Jennifer Hall, son Kevin Johnson

Address: 4646 Wenz Road

Occupation: 25 years at Boxboard Packaging, three years as a van driver for Huron County Transit

Education: graduate of New London High School

Previous Public Service: 4 years as Clarksfield Township trustee

Why did you decide to run: I would like to serve the township another four years. I grew up in Clarksfield, moved away to learn the printing trade. I then moved back to raise my children here. I have been attending meetings for six years to keep up on what's happening.

What do you see as the top three concers facing your constitutents: 1) Roads - we have been behind for a long time. Over the last six years we have come a long way, but still have more to do.

2) Cemetary - most of our residents have a loved one buried there. I think we have done a great job maintaining it, but we must keep it up.

3) Equipment - I voted to purchase a new tractor, which we very much needed. The old tractor was almost 50 years old, and the new one has more things it can do. Our trucks are getting old and breaking down often, we need something more reliable. We could contract out snowplowing, but need to check out more.

Tim Waldron also running, but didn't return a questionnaire.

Jane Gray is running uncontested for the position of fiscal officer and did not return a questionnaire.

FAIRFIELD

Fairfield Township Fiscal Officer

Amy Swanger

Age: not given

Family: Husband Dennis, sons Jay and Max

Address: 334 SR 162 E.

Occupation: Currently branch librarian at North Fairfield Public Library, a branch of the Willard Memorial Library; also bookkeeper for family farm; previously treasurer for North Fairfield Methodist Church for nine years and commercial loan officer for National City Bank

Education: 1980 graduate of New London High School, 1984 graduate of The Ohio State University with B.S. in agriculture

Previous Public Service: Two terms as Fairfield Township fiscal officer

Don Sweeting is running uncontested for trustee and did not return a questionnaire.

FITCHVILLE

Fitchville Township Trustee

Joe Merrilees

Age: 75

Family: Wife Irene; son and daughter-in-law John and Sharon; daughter and son-in-law Janet and Jeff; grandchildren Jacklyn and Clement

Address: 1488 SR 162 E.

Occupation: Self-employed farmer

Education: High school graduate, two years of vocational school

Previous Public Service: Incumbent Fitchville Twp. trustee

Why did you decide to run: I enjoy serving he people of Fitchville Township and helping to solve their problems.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituent: 1) To continue to keep the township financially sound, which has been our proven way, while still providing the necessary services

2) To keep up with all necessary maintenance - in other words, seal a crack before it turns into a pothole

3) I would very much like to see land added to the east side of the cemetery, which would provide a safer entry on Fitchville River Road.

Robert W. White

Age: 58

Family: Wife Diane; eight children with three still at home -Amber, 17; Mark, 12; Kailen, 10

Address: 2283 SR 162 E.

Occupation: I worked at the Huron County Highway Department for 32 years, 24 years as a foreman and 2 years as superintendent. I retired in 2000. I own and manage several rental units.

Education: South Central High School graduate

Previous Public Service: none

Why did you decide to run: I feel with my years of experience with road maintenance, snow removal, and working with the public more than qualifies me for the job. I enjoyed my job at the County Highway Department and would like to take the same quality of work done there and bring it to the township level. I would like to see our township move forward and plan for the future.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituent: I think the budget is always one of the big issues. I would make sure that the township money is stretch as far as it can be to get the most for our tax dollars. Road maintenance and snow removal are 2 other issues. I would make sure that the roads are maintained and that roadsides are mowed in the summer. I would do my best to see that snow is removed in a timely matter so that the township residents can get to work and school safely.

Fitchville Township Fiscal Officer

Lucinda C. Amburgy

Age: 43

Family: Husband Tim; sons Jeremy, Taylor, Jacob

Address: 1579 Fitchville River Rd.

Occupation: Auditor for a convenient chain

Education: 1982 graduate of New London High School

Previous Public Service: Fitchville Twp. fiscal officer for eight years

Why did you decide to run: I am seeking re-election as fiscal officer because I enjoy the position. Things are always changing with small government and I like the challenge of making it all work.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: Some of the top issues for our township are maintaining the same high level of quality roads and fire service provided in the past. My job is to ensure the funds are being properly managed in order to maintain these services.

GREENFIELD

Greenwich Township Trustee

Larry Swander

Age: 67

Family: Wife Ruth; three children and six grandchildren

Address: 493 Townline 113

Occupation: farmer

Previous Public Service: Greenfield Twp. trustee

Why did you decide to run: Continue seeing the township's roads are upgraded

Greenfield Township Fiscal Officer

Jill Cherry

Age: 39

Family: Husband David; children Ben, 18; Cady, 16; Ruth, 14; Paul, 11; and Andrew, 7

Address: 1590 Hanville Corners Rd.

Occupation: worked in office at State Farm, kept books for husband's business, receptionist at Weight Watchers

Education: graduate of West Holmes JVS, data accounting

Previous Public Service: none

Why did you decide to run: I would like to get involved in my township and earn some money for my family, but still be able to stay home and homeschool my five children.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: 1) Have all reports and statements done on time

2) Keep books organized and up to date

3) Update computer program and have available to township trustees

Kurt Barman

Age: 26

Family: Wife Elaine, son Noah

Address: 2776 SR 162 W

Occupation: Western Southern Life Insurance, Mayflower Vehicle Systems

Education: 1999 graduate of St. Paul High, 2003 graduate of Muskingum College with B.A. in international business and German

Previous Public Service: none

Why did you decide to run: I am seeking this position because I feel that the township needs to be handled more efficiently. I was approached by several people who thought I would be good for this position. I recently moved to the area and wish to improve the surroundings for the township residents. I know the trustees and would work well with them to serve the residents to the best of our abilities.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: One thing that I would change is that I would put in the time and effort to have my work finish and ready for the trustees before the meeting time. I feel this is one of the biggest issues facing our township. The meetings that I have attended were unorganized, and the financial work was

Laura Baxter

Age: not given

Family: Husband Troy, daughter Morgan, son Tyler

Address: 2305 Walnut Rd.

Occupation: MagReTech in Bellevue from July, 1999 to present

Education: 1995 graduate of St. Paul High School, 1999 graduate of Ashland University

Previous Public Service: not given

Why did you decide to run: I am seeking the position of Greenfield township fiscal officer to serve the residents of my township. My education and work experience will be able to help me in the position.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: not given

Elizabeth Smith did not return a candidate questionnaire sent by the Reflector.

GREENWICH

Greenwich Township Trustee

Dave Seidel

Age: not given

Family: Wife Linda; five children

Address: 2962 Alpha Rd.

Occupation: farmer for 44 years; Tri-Community Fire Department

Education: 12 years

Previous Public Service: 27 years as Greenwich Twp. Trustee

Why did you decide to run: To serve the people of Greenwich Township

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: 1) Working on grant issues

2) Continuous road work

3) Lower home owner insurance rates

Lisa Madison is running uncontested for the position of fiscal officer and did not return a questionnaire.

HARTLAND

Hartland Township Trustee

Carl L. Bohn

Age: 78

Family: Children Cathy Lowry, of Bowling Green; Debi Foster, of Dublin; Carla Sattler, of P:errysburg; Jefri Bohn, of Crossford

Address: 3476 Zenobia Rd.

Occupation: retired as president/general manager after 30 years at New London Regalia and Ames Sword Co.

Education: High school graduate

Previous Public Service: Township trustee, clerk

Why did you decide to run: I have lived in the township all my life and want to give back to it while I still have time.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: 1) To get the most for the money spent

2) Maintain good highways for the safety for our citizens using them

3) To continue to furnish fire and ambulance service to our residents

Kevin Zimmerman

Age: 58

Family: Wife Linda; daughters Jenny Wilson and Katie Stang

Address: 1806 Jericho Rd.

Occupation: I have been a farmer for over 30 years giving me experience in decision making, money management, operating heavy machinery, and I have a CDL license to drive heavy trucks.

Education: 1967 graduate of Western Reserve High School, B.S. in agriculture from The Ohio State University in 1971

Previous Public Service: three years on Western Reserve School Board, 12 years as Hartland Township trustee

Why did you decide to run: I enjoy working for the people in Hartland Township and trying to make their everyday lives just a bit easier by preventing or solving the many problems that can occur in a township.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: The most important issue is how to keep taxes low, yet provide the services wanted by Hartland residents. I will continue to do this by continuing to do my share of the physical road work so no employees are needed, continuing to apply for grants bringing thousands of dollars to Hartland Township, continuing to try new ideas such as a new stone byproduct for berming roads on a trial basis, possibly saving many dollars on berming.

Hartland Township Fiscal Officer

Sandra L. Motolik

Age: 67

Family: Son and daughter-in-law Peter "Chip" and Judy Motolik

Address: 1064 Hartland Center Rd.

Occupation: retired from Huron County Bank, Production Credit and Farm Service Agency

Education: graduate of New London High School, several college computer courses

Previous Public Service: 20 years as Hartland Township fiscal officer, former vice president of Huron County Township Association

Why did you decide to run: I have lived in this township all my life. This way I can give back to my grass roots. I like being able to serve my friends and neighbors.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: The budget, since some of the funds have been cut. There is not much we can do as the state controls the local government funds.

The increase in dollars for fire protection. The levy we have fore fire barely covers the expenses. We may need to raise the millage when the levy comes up for renewal. We hope not. The fire department is called out for all accidents that happen in the township. We try to collect from the persons involved, but they ignore our letters. Most of our fire monies goes to pay for the accident calls.

LYME

Michael C. Nottke is running uncontested for Lyme Township trustee and Deborah L. Hawkins is running uncontested for fiscal officer. Neither returned a questionnaire.

NEW HAVEN

New Haven Township Trustee

Bill Chapman

Age: 68

Family: Wife Beverly Chapman

Address: 4500 SR 61

Occupation: 16 years at Plymouth Locomotive in sales, parts, service and purchasing; 30 years in excavating with part of this time as owner

Education: High school graduate

Previous Public Service: In my eighth year as New Haven Townsend Trustee

Why did you decide to run: I want to continue serving the residents of New Haven Township as I have done these last almost eight years. It can be very challenging and very rewarding to see and be part of the growth of the township.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: The top priorities for the trustees are road conditions, road drainage and fiscal responsibility. Skinner Road was scheduled to be completely redone this year, but with the timing of bidding the project the contractor has requested that the project be done in 2008. Ladow Road will be the next road that needs major attention, probably the same process as used on Skinner. If prices for road maintenance materials stabilize, we should be able to address Ladow in 2009.

New Haven Fiscal Officer

Tammy L. Hall

Age: 43

Family: Husband Michael, sons Nicholas and Jason

Address: 2744 Peru Center Road South

Occupation: I have been employed with New Haven Township for over 25 years serving in several capacities. My main position during this time has been managing and maintaining the cemeteries of the Township. I have also served as an assistant to the Fiscal Officer for several years, as well as acting as a liaison between New Haven Township and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Education: 1982 graduate of Willard High School, 2002 graduate of Bowling Green State University with an associate degree in applied business, 2005 graduate of BGSU with a bachelor's in liberal studies

Previous Public Service: Was appointed, in October 2005, to the Fiscal Officer position by the New Haven Township Trustees. This brief experience has enlightened me to the many challenges that face our communities within Local Government.

Why did you decide to run: I am seeking this position to better serve my community as well as furthering my knowledge of the inner workings of local government.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: The fiscal officer position assists the township trustees with various accounting and secretarial tasks. While I am aware of the issues that currently affect our township, this position offers no authority to address them.

NEW LONDON

New London TownshipTrustee

John W. Kelly

Age: not given

Family: Wife Louieda

Address: 4785 SR 162

Occupation: I have owned and operated a successful retail florist shop, greenhouse and garden center for 31 years and I have been a school bus driver for 32 years.

Education: four years at OSU

Previous Public Service: presently New London Township trustee

Why did you decide to run: I am running for re-election to continue to serve my community and its residents and I am looking forward to the new challenges in the future. I enjoy getting things done.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: Obtain title to the Prosser Cemetary that had been abandoned for years so now our township can maintain it since the driveway has been restored

The expansion of the free trash pickup to include tires and appliances

Proposed a program to repair or replace catch basins

Drainage problems like the Miller/Crawford project on Butler Road, the Wallen/Bursley project on New London Sectionline Road and the Pickering tile on Fayette Road

Upgrading our township equipment

We need zoning codes for the planning of the township.

Zoning issues, I feel, should go before the Zoning Board, then to the Appeals Board or to the township trustees.

Wendy A. Kidd

Age: 50

Family: Husband Burshel, five children and seven grandchildren

Address: 4581 Fayette Road

Occupation: I have worked for the Village of New London for the past 24 yrs. in the Water and Wastewater Depts. as an operator.

Education: graduate of New London High School, one year of college at Lorain County Community College, earned a class III water license and class III wastewater license

Previous Public Service: none

Why did you decide to run: I grew up in New London Township, graduated from New London High School and raised my children here. My father was a 30-year township trustee, so I learned at an early age about the responsibility of this position. I want to work together with the other township officials to keep New London Township a great place to live and raise a family.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: One main issue for this office is maintaining the roads in the township, making sure they get plowed in the winter, resurfaced in the summer as needed and keeping the roadsides maintained.

I also will be available to listen to any concerns the residence in the township may have, and work with them to solve any problems that may arise.

I am committed to work together as a team to make this a better township for everyone to live in.

Jerry Gardner is running uncontested for fiscal officer and did not return a questionnaire.

NORWALK

Norwalk Township Trustee

Erin Gail Bartle

Age: 55

Family: Husband William, two children, three grandchildren

Address: 910 Wood Glen Court

Occupation: 30 years as librarian for Huron County Law Library, clerk - Erie-Huron Counties Legal Grievance Committee, driver and emergency medical technician for Hinman Ambulance Service from 1977 to 1983

Education: 1970 graduate of Edison High School, EMT-A from EHOVE in 1984, B.A. in business administration in 1984 from Baldwin Wallace College

Office sought: Norwalk Township Trustee

Previous Public Service: none

Why did you decide to run: I believe I can make a difference in the quality of services provided to Norwalk Township residents. I will be available to listen to residents and keep them informed.

What do you see as the top three concerns facing your constitutents: Communication with the residents of the township is a major problem. I believe the services the trustees provide should be more than the bare minimum which we now recieve. I believe I can provide a new voice and a fresh approach to how the trustees deal with the operations of the township.

Frank Schnellinger

Age: 59

Family: Wife Barb, two adult children

Address: 2788 Laylin Road

Occupation: self-employed farmer for 34 years, construction worker

Education: graduate of St. Paul High, attended Ashland College

Previous Public Service: 12 years as Norwalk Township trustee

Why did you decide to run: I've lived in Norwalk Township all my life and I feel I know the people and other public officers. I would like to continue to serve their needs and continue to be part of the decisionmaking for the good of our township.

What do you see as the top three concerns facing your constitutents: 1) Continued improvement of the roads and ditches for the safety of the public is my 1 priority. I'll keep fixing what needs to be fixed.

2) The recycling program has proven to be worthwhile and I'd like to see it continue.

3) I'm committed to being fiscally responsible with our public funds. It takes weighing priorities, working closely with other township officers, and listening to the people of the township.

Norwalk Township Fiscal Officer

Terry Boose

Age: 51

Family: Wife Mary Lisa, son and daughter-in-law Will and Amanda Boose, daughter Brynna Boose, sons Weston and Joel Boose

Address: 5054 SR 601

Occupation: Controller/fiscal officer for Norwalk Concrete Industries

Education: 1974 graduate of St. Paul High, 1978 graduate of BGSU with a B.S. in business management, 1980 graduate of Texas Tech with an MBA, 1990 graduate of OSU agricultural leadership program

Previous Public Service: eight years as Huron County Commissioner, served as president of the Huron County Jail Committee, currently president of Huron County Goodwill board, serves on Norwalk County United Fund board

Why did you decide to run: I believe it is the responsibility of every citizen to take part in our government, whether as a voter or a candidate. I spent two terms as a Huron County commissioner and learned so much from that experience that I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the office of Fiscal Officer of Norwalk Township.

What do you see as the top three concerns facing your constitutents: 1) Knowledge of public budgeting process - I have spent eight years closely working with public budgets and am very familiar with both the opportunities and restraints on public entities.

2) Knowledge of financial and investment issues - I plan to review and bid out financial and investment issues, which hasn't been done in recent years. I would also like to keep more detailed minutes.

3) Working relationships with other government officials - I would like to coordinate educational meetings with other local fiscal officers.

Rhonda Jaworski

Age: 41

Family: Husband Scott; children Logan, 12; Hayden, 9; Madison, 3

Address: 4661 Whittlesey Road

Occupation: employed part-time by Fisher-Titus Medical Center for the past eight years in both the cardiac rehab and diabetic education departments

Education: B.S. in nursing at Capital University

Previous Public Service: I am the current fiscal officer and have been in this position for one year.

Why did you decide to run: I have been in this position for one year now and have made several improvements that I hope I am able to continue and expand on. I enjoy working with and assisting the trustees and being available to the people who live in township whenever necessary.

What do you see as the top three concerns facing your constitutents: 1) Keeping the books balanced and the office organized

2) Keeping the people who live in the township well-informed

3) Asssisting the trustees as needed

Bridget Riley Musso

Age: 46

Family: Husband Raymond, daughters Kaylee and Megan

Address: 495 S. Norwalk Road

Occupation: Bookkeeper for 22 years for Leon Riley, Inc.

Education: Norwalk High School, Columbus Business University

Previous Public Service: none

Why did you decide to run: I worked at Leon Riley Inc. for over 22 years as a full charge bookkeeeper, responsible for all accounting functions including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, preparing financial statements and various taxes.

What do you see as the top three concerns facing your constitutents: I am confident my accounting background compliments the requirements needed for the position of Fiscal Officer. My accounting experience, my ability to work independently and as a team player, my attention to detail,my honesty and my willingness to learn new things are all qualities that will be an asset to the people of Norwalk Township and the position of Fiscal Officer.

NORWICH

David L. Homan is running uncontested for Norwich Township trustee and Alberta Elmlinger is running uncontested for fiscal officer. Neither returned a questionnaire.

PERU

Peru Township Trustee

Bradley A. Sparks

Age: 40

Family: Wife Becky, sons Brandon and Brett

Address: 1630 Hettle Road

Occupation: farming

Education: High school graduate

Previous Public Service: Peru Township trustee for four years

Why did you decide to run: I have enjoyed working for the township and would like to continue for another four years.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: 1) Roads 2) Roads 3) Roads - keep them well maintained

Krista L. Smith is running uncontested for fiscal officer and did not return a questionnaire.

RICHMOND

Richmond Township Trustee

Donald J. Hutchison

Age: not given

Family: Wife Martha, daughter Cynthia, sons James, Michael and Timothy, 10 grandchildren

Address: 5640 Bullhead

Occupation: farmer, management in printing plant

Education: High school graduate

Previous Public Service: Township trustee, zoning board

Why did you decide to run: I have been a trustee for a number of years and I understand the laws governing the office of trustee. I am able to listen and relate to the concerns of the people.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: 1) Fire and EMT service - find a more economical solution and still maintain the excellent service we have

2) Maintain the roads

3) Assist in providing rural water for the people that would like it

B.E. Schuller

Age: 42

Family: daughter Simone, 11; son Garrett, 7

Address: 5647 Willard West Road

Occupation: I earn my living as a heavy equipment operator and have the endorsement of Ohio Operating Engineers Local 18 in this election.

Education: Completion of Ohio Operating Engineers four-year apprenticeship program, which resulted in a Journeyman's status as an operating engineer, I am about one year away from completing as associate's degree in applied industrial technology majoring in construction, also hold a two-year degree in the medical field

Previous Public Service: Have held the office of president several times within clubs/organizations

Why did you decide to run: I would count it an honor to be elected and be able to serve my fellow township residents. I enjoy solving problems, helping others, and believe in giving back to the community. Concerns that have been voiced to me are it's time for some "new blood" in office and the concern with ability of some to serve due to age and health problems; those are not issues with me as the candidate. Being employed in the field I am in another asset that I bring with me. I am a good listener, a go-getter; and if I don't have the answer I'll do my best to find one.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents:

Road maintenance is always a priority. Overall things are handled well. There are some areas for improvement.

When a trustee in contacted with a concern I think the least that should be done is acknowledgement of the call and to address the issue in a timely manner.

Rural water is a possibility in the near future for this township. That will be a project with lots of concerns from residents and also lots of potential. I embrace the challenge and would like to see our township be the best it can be.

Marilyn A. Hord is running uncontested for fiscal officer and did not return a questionnaire.

RIDGEFIELD

Ridgefield Township Trustee

Fred Leber

Age: 44

Family: Wife Theresa; sons Kurt, 20, and Eric, 15; daughters Lydia, 12, and Audra, 9

Address: 2723 Peru Center Road

Occupation: Self-employed farmer

Education: 1982 graduate of Monroeville High School

Previous Public Service: 12 years as Ridgefield Township trustee, six years on township zoning appeals board, eight years on Huron County zoning and planning commission, four years as Huron County Township Association vice-president, four years as HCTA president

Why did you decide to run: I have a great interest in township government and our local community. As a present Ridgefield Township trustee, I feel that I have developed an excellent communication and good working relationship with our employees and my other fellow trustees and clerk. I enjoy it and believe that I can help.

In our lives I believe that we need things to help us along to succeed in our goals, we sometimes cannot accomplish these alone, but by using skills like communications, good working relationships with others, a work ethic, and be accountable it will happen. I have the skills and am proud to be a resident of Ridgefield Township.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: Our township budget, zoning, cemeteries, safe roads to travel on

Continue to do what I've been doing as one of the trustees

Comply with local and state government rules and laws, etc.

Plow snow

Trim trees

Fix drainage issues, etc.

Communicate with our residents to address their concerns

Work even harder on more grants to improve our township and lessen our money taken out of our budget by getting these grants

David J. Mahl

Age: 52

Family: Wife Barb, son and daughter-in-law Eric and Ashley Mahl, daughter and son-in-law Amanda and Jim Altomare, two grandchildren

Address: 2756 SR 99

Occupation: Building construction since 1973, self-employed contractor since 1985

Education: 1973 high school graduate

Previous Public Service: Ridgefield Township zoning inspector from Jan. 1996 to present, village of Monroeville zoning inspector from Dec. 2001 to present, Sherman Township zoning inspector Nov. 2004 to present, Ridgefield Township Zoning Commission - assisted in rewriting existing zoning resolution that was adoped in 1994

Why did you decide to run: I have been involved in zoning since the early 1990s, either with planning or working with residents for their building requirements. Now, with more time, I would like to assist our township with maintaining our properties and moving forward with proper growth.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: 1) Better working relationship between Ridgefield Township and the village of Monroeville, have a representative attend meetings or contact a proper member of village when our actions or growth will effect them

2) Updated zoning resolution for township of Ridgefield, work with the zoning commission to make changes in our resolution that will maintain our standards and make the rules easier to enforce

3) To continue and make better the conditions of our roads, bridges, and countryside, to seek grants to pay for part of the expense and keep our local taxes lower

Karen A. Fries is running uncontested for fiscal officer and did not return a questionnaire.

RIPLEY

Ripley Township Trustee

Lorin Brown

Age: not given

Family: Wife Patricia, two sons living, one son deceased, one daughter, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren

Address: not given

Occupation: Sales, design and construction in the feed and grain industry - 32 years

Education: High school graduate

Previous Public Service: Eight years as trustee

Why did you decide to run: Enjoy working with other trustees, clerk and zoning inspector to keep our township roads in good condition and all other aspects of township needs, also enjoy working with township residents.

Barbara Caudill is running uncontested for fiscal officer and did not return a questionnaire.

SHERMAN

Sherman Township Trustee

Tom Elmlinger

Age: 35

Family: Wife Holly, children Lilly, 2, and Lexi, 7 months

Address: 4541 Peru West Section Line Road

Occupation: 15 years with Janotta & Herner, Inc.

Education: 1990 graduate of Seneca East High School

Previous Public Service: Currently serving first term as Sherman Township trustee

Why did you decide to run: To maintain the high standards we expect and to ensure the safe and quality environment our future requires

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: Safer roads, continued upkeep and a great place to live is what I intend to keep in Sherman Township.

Sherman Township Fiscal Officer

Christine Bumb

Age: 49

Family: Husband Marvin, daughter Ashley and son Brandon

Address: 6465 Bismard Road

Occupation: Huron River Joint Fire District clerk for 16 years, Seneca East Public Library clerk/treasurer for four years

Education: High school graduate, attended many computer training seminars and classes

Previous Public Service: Currently Sherman Township Fiscal Officer for 20 years

Why did you decide to run: I enjoy working to serve the residents of Sherman Township.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: 1) Local government funding - keeping in touch with state legislators to express concerns

2) Keeping residents informed - continuing the township newsletter

3) Filing all township reports in a timely and efficient manner and maintaining a good audit report - continuing to keep up with the computer training and update sessions offered by the state

TOWNSEND

Townsend Township Fiscal Officer

William Mesenburg

Age: 56

Family: Wife Nancy; sons Brett, 26, and Brad, 24; daughter Brittney, 21

Address: 5360 West Collins Road

Occupation: Mesenburg Brothers, Inc.

Education: 1969 graduate of Western Reserve High School, 1973 graduate of Bowling Green State University

Previous Public Service: 22 years as Fiscal Officer for Townsend Township

Why did you decide to run: Continue working with the trustees to enable the residents of Townsend Township the best possible roads and services the tax dollars will allow

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: 1) Unfunded mandates

2) Budgeting and appropriating funds for constructing and maintaining roads, purchasing and maintaining equipment and providing services vital to residents

3) State and local economy

John A. Liles is running uncontested for trustee and did not return a questionnaire.

WAKEMAN

Wakeman Township Fiscal Officer

Diane Wolf

Age: not given

Family: Husband Fred, daughter Brittany, son and daughter-in-law Todd and Polly

Address: 4913 Green St.

Occupation: school treasurer for 17 years and bookkeeper for husband's business for 30 years

Education: Earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Miami University

Previous Public Service: I have held this office for 24 years.

Why did you decide to run: To serve the community in the best way that I

know. To continue the excellent financial record of good audits with the State Auditor's Office.

What do you see at the top three concerns facing your constituents: 1)Maintain roads and ditches in a financially responsible manner

2) Provide a park and recreation area without taking funds away from the roads

Byron H. Dalton is running uncontested for trustee and did not return a questionnaire.