Third Ward Council
Name: Peter K. DeSomma (R, i)
Age: not provided
Current occupation: Attorney
Previous political experience: I have served several terms on the City Council
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? The everyday large battle is to provide good essential services to the citizens of the City of Bellefontaine, while keeping within our budget.
Why are you seeking office? Bellefontaine has been my hometown for almost 20 years. I love living here. It is a great community. I am running because I feel I have the civic responsibility to contribute to the place which I call home.
What makes you the best candidate? I have the experience of several terms and am currently on the Safety, Finance, Rules and Streets Committees.
Name: Dan Branson (D)
Current occupation: factory worker
Previous political experience: n/a
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Drugs; theft; wanting to bring business into the west end — grocery, restaurants, etc.
Why are you seeking office? To make my neighborhood safe for our children. I believe if you’re not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
What makes you the best candidate? I’ve lived in this neighborhood for over 20 years. I’ve seen it at its worst. But I’ve always believed that with everyone coming together, we can create better neighborhoods and try to revitalize Oakland Square Park.
City Council-at Large
Name: Kyle Springs (R, i)
Current occupation: Realtor at Zimmerman Realty Ltd.
Previous political experience: current City Council At- Large Councilman
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Preparing Bellefontaine for future development, aging infrastructure, a lack of housing and a shortage of employees for companies looking to expand in the area.
Why are you seeking office? I am seeking re-election to continue the progress that has been started moving Bellefontaine in a forward direction towards growth and development for the future.
What makes you the best candidate? As an active member of many community organizations ,a local businessman, and a lifelong resident of the community, I can say I have a true love for this city. Through community involvement and dedication, I plan to continue working hard for the residents and businesses of Bellefontaine. My goal is to help provide a sound, responsible and sustainable plan to continue the growth of our community.
Name: Deborah Baker (R, i)
Current occupation: Teacher
Previous political experience: Currently serving on Bellefontaine City Council, first elected for the term beginning in 2012. Currently the chair of the Finance Committee and member of Utility and Sidewalks, Curbs and Parks committees.
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Safety and security of all citizens of Bellefontaine; maintain quality city services; exhibit fiscal responsibility in all city operations; replace and maintain infrastructure; and encourage economic development in the city of Bellefontaine
Why are you seeking office? I have served several terms in an at-large position on city council and enjoy working with the other council members, the city administration, and department supervisors. This position allows me to have a voice in making decisions which will benefit the citizens of Bellefontaine and to do so in a fiscally responsible way.
What makes you the best candidate? I have experience serving on several city council standing committees, including the finance committee for nearly six years. I am currently working in a part-time teaching position which allows me considerable flexibility in order to be an active participant in many aspects of city business. Recently I was extremely fortunate to be able to travel to Japan for a conference regarding the economic development of the Japanese businesses and the impact of those industries on our county. I also serve as a board member for the Community Improvement Corporation.
Name: Marcus St. Clair (w)
Current occupation: Project superintendent with Thomas & Marker Construction Inc.
Previous political experience: ran for Republican mayor nomination 2011 and Republican council primary in 2012
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? We are a small town with great potential. We are a diverse community and we should build economically on the many desires of the people. Build on the increased number of visitors to our city and continue to be desirable for new business and new citizens.
Why are you seeking office? I want to be a part of Bellefontaine’s next step in growth. First we continue to clean up our streets and rid the drug problems. Then we promote and market our beautiful city as a destination.
What makes you the best candidate? I have lived here my whole life. I want my children to see Bellefontaine realize its potential. I will bring passion and persistance to this role. Keeping in mind that good people before have gotten us to where we are and I want to do my part in taking it to the next level.
Name: Heather Van Voorhis (w)
Current occupation: works at Marketplace Cafe and radio disc jockey
Previous political experience: poll worker
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? There is a food desert in the west end of town, and a free parking lot for people who rent the loft work at post office and want business to boom downtown.
Why are you seeking office? To help people and be their voice.
What makes you the best candidate? I have fresh new ideas and want to invest in our city.
Name: Allen D. Hadley (w)
Current occupation: retired teacher and receiver at FulmersCommunity Markets
Previous political experience: I have been on council for the last four years.
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? The primary issues in Bellefontaine is making the budget stretch to cover all factions of our city. Safety Service employees needs are growing as opioids keep increasing. I believe in supporting local business whenever possible. I want the downtown to continue to grow.
Why are you seeking office? I have enjoyed serving my fellow citizens of Bellefontaine over the past four years and would like to continue. I believe I am a spokesman for our voters.
What makes you the best candidate? I have taught in our city for 23 years and understand and appreciate what our city is seeing in growth. I am open for comments and look forward to help the people of Bellefontaine.
Liberty Township Trustee
Name: CJ Hostetler
Current occupation: Farmer, West Liberty Volunteer Fire Fighter
Previous political experience: None
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Road maintenance and conditions
Why are you seeking office? To bring fresh new ideas to township
What makes you the best candidate? Being self employed I have the ability, capability and willingness to handle any and all concerns, emergencies that may arise day and night.
Name: Richard McDaniel (i)
Current occupation: Retired auto mechanic
Previous political experience: For 35 years, I have served as a trustee for Liberty Township
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? The primary issues for Liberty Township are road maintenance, snow removal, and zoning issues.
Why are you seeking office? I enjoy serving the people of Liberty Township and want to continue working as their trustee for another term.
What makes you the best candidate? I have served the good people of Liberty Township for 35 years. I will continue to be a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility while properly maintaining the condition of roads and having good equipment to service the township.
Name: Phil Brandt (i) did not return information
Perry Township Trustee
Name: Terry L. Cook (i)
Current occupation: Retired from Honda 31 years
Previous political experience: Four years of being a Perry Township Trustee. It has enabled me to make informed decisions for our community while being responsible with Perry Township funds.
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Keeping EMS updated and to keep around the clock EMS for the good of the community, keeping roads and cemeteries safe and clean, West Mansfield Conservation Club shooting range, marijuana regulations.
Why are you seeking office? I care about the community, I grew up here in East Liberty, I want to give back to the community, I enjoy making this community a nice and beautiful place for everyone to live in.
What makes you the best candidate? I have showed in my last four years of being a trustee I listen to those who have something to say, I act on what people want, I am a hard worker and save the community money, I am there when people need me, I have never missed a meeting, I am there every time it snows or storms making sure the community is safe and I am very responsible with the Perry Township funds.
Name: Jessica Gibson (w)
Current occupation: Firefighter/EMT, groundskeeping, small business owner
Previous political experience: I have served as a poll worker for the Logan County Board of Elections for several years.
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? As business in the area continues to expand and grow, the township must find ways to make changes to adapt, improve and grow along with them. Such as improvements to the fire and EMS services that we provide.
Why are you seeking office? I want to help guide, and be a part of, the decisions for the future growth of Perry Township, and serve the community.
What makes you the best candidate? I am young enough to bring new perspectives and ideas to the job of trustee. But old enough to have experiences that will serve the community well.
Name: Josh Levan (w)
Current occupation: Utility coordinator for village of West Mansfield
Previous political experience:
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Road maintenance, cemeteries, Park improvements and stormwater drainage.
Why are you seeking office? To help the residents of Perry Township.
What makes you the best candidate? Would use my knowledge to be able to handle problems with an open minded approach to find a resolution and use common-sense to provide the township residents with the best possible service.
Name: Doug Mercer (w)
Current occupation: Retired, volunteer coordinator for East Liberty crime watch
Previous political experience: None
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Care of cemeteries, parks and roads, Fire department and community well-being. One of my goals as a trustee is to spearhead a movement to clean up the abandoned properties.
Why are you seeking office? As a longtime resident of Perry Township and business owner in the community, I feel after having volunteering with the trustees, shadowing them and attending all meetings for the past two years I am highly qualified for this position.
What makes you the best candidate? My ability to remain calm under pressure and many years of co-running a successful family business, steering it through difficult economic conditions have given me the experience and ability to assist in running our township.
Name: Kenneth Rosebrook Sr. (w)
Current occupation: Administrative coordinator for Honda of America
Previous political experience: None
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? There are future plans relating to new technological advanced automotive testing and manufacturing that may effect the current infrastructure for Perry Township and the general vicinity. In addition to the on going support of our township fire department, roads, bridges and park.
Why are you seeking office? I would like to make a difference in the Perry Township community where I have lived for more than three decades along with my family. I would consider it an honor to serve and support the residents of Perry Township. It is important that the community is made aware of future business and all safety and legal ramifications that could impact our community.
What makes you the best candidate? I have been employed by Honda for 34 years. During the last 27 years, I have been a member of management and assigned multiple projects. Upon completion of a project the end goal would be to improve safety, environmental impact, efficiencies and cost. With the knowledge and experience that I have gained while at Honda and being a local business owner, I believe that would be an asset to Perry Township and make a positive impact while serving as a Trustee.
Name: John M. Baughman (w) and Michael D. Johnson (w) did not return information
Richland Township Trustee
Name: Philip Alloway (i)
Current occupation: Richland Township Trustee
Previous political experience: Five years Logan County Health Board; four years Richland Township trustees
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Continued maintenance of roads, cemeteries, park and drainage issues.
Why are you seeking office? I have enjoyed 4 years as a trustee and would like to continue this public service
What makes you the best candidate? “Experience.” 22 years at the Logan County Sheriff’s Office., five years at Logan County Health Board, four years as a Richland Township Trustee.
Name: Gary Carson (w)
Current occupation: Full time fourth generation farmer in Richland Township
Previous political experience: 20 years on the Richland Township Variance Board. The last 12 years I have been the chairman.
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? I believe the township should work for the community.
Why are you seeking office? Because of my political experience and I believe there needs to be someone from the rural area involved.
What makes you the best candidate? I have 20 years experience working with the previous township trustees and working with the Logan and Hardin County Soil and Water concerning water issue. I also have eight years experience plowing snow and knowledge of the direction of the wind. I also have two snow plows that I run.
Name: Jeff Rose (w)
Current occupation: My wife and I own Jeff Rose Photography Studio
Previous political experience: Currently serve on Richland Township Zoning Committee
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Keeping our roads in good shape is always going to be a priority. I’ve been to the meetings, and next year’s construction on Township Rd. 100 is going to be a major undertaking. Of course the work the township does to help maintain the Fire Department is another important responsibility. I would like to see if we can obtain more Grant Money for the township, especially for our park areas. It would be nice to increase communication with our constituents via a newsletter or website.
Why are you seeking office? Our children have grown and “left the nest.” I feel I can now truly devote my time giving back to my community. What better way then to get involved in “local” government. A place where you can really make a difference. Being able to set my own schedule allows me the time to attend meetings and devote the time necessary to oversee projects.
What makes you the best candidate? I’ve owned a business in an industry that has seen huge changes in the last 20 years. I’ve had to “think outside the box” in order to maintain sustainability. I think I’ve learned when it’s smart to spend money, and when it’s time to hold back a bit and see what happens. Our Business is located in downtown Belle Center, while our home is in “the country”. I think that makes me uniquely qualified to be in tune with both our “city” constituents , as well as those living in the country.
Stokes Township Trustee
Name: Brooke Faulder (w)
Current occupation: Web designer, fine artist, commercial artist
Previous political experience: This office needs someone with good organizational skills, an effective leader and someone willing to get their hands dirty. I hold a Class A CDL and I can operate many types of large and small equipment, including a snowplow. That is what I would bring to this office. That aside, I can say (for political experience) that I’ve gone door to door to speak with our citizens and local businesses and I’ve been a key player in the organization of a very successful fund raiser and I’ve successfully ran my own business for the past 14 years.
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? The primary issue on the ballot in my area is keeping Indian Lake EMS in operation. The primary job of a trustee is to ensure that our roadways are safe and in a good state of repair, our public and non public areas are clean and well maintained and that our infrastructure, as a whole, is well taken care of and kept beautiful for our residents, our visitors and our wildlife.
Why are you seeking office? I believe I have something of value to offer to the community. I also believe that there are some zoning issues that could be addressed and there are a lot of ways our community could improve to become safer and cleaner for our residents, etc. As a small community, I believe we can all work together to have our voices heard and I would like to be involved in all issues, current and future, to ensure a good outcome for all of us.
What makes you the best candidate? As a long time resident, I simply care about making and keeping Indian Lake beautiful and our citizens safer. I am the best candidate because I’m not running to secure future political aspirations or on any type of gimmick unrelated to the job at hand. I believe I have great problem-solving skills and a talent for thinking outside the box. I have a strong work ethic and drive needed to ensure that things get done.
Name: Tim Hart (w)
Current occupation: Owner A&H Hose and Fitting and Hart Industries
Previous political experience: Did not answer
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? The opiate epidemic. Proper planning for infrastructure upkeep and upgrading our roads and drainage. Some long term planning to accommodate the growth within our township. Work with sheriff, EMS and fire to assure the safety of our citizens and their property.
Why are you seeking office? I would like the opportunity to contribute to this tremendous community we live in. I believe with new members comes fresh ideas to make Stokes Township even greater than it already is.
What makes you the best candidate? My 39 years in a family business has given me a lot of experience from employee retention, problem solving and negotiating large corporate contracts down to getting business back up and operational after major storm damage. I’m fiscally conservative and will work hard to bring any and all monies back to our township.
Name: Steve Terrill (w)
Current occupation: Retired businessman and volunteer
Previous political experience: I am currently on the Stokes Township Variance Board, Logan/Champaign County Mental Health and Addiction Services Board, and as a Legislative Advocate have testified this year to U.S. Congress and Ohio Senate.
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Improving, maintaining, the township streets/roads, drainage; Insuring availability and effective emergency services (e.g. EMS); Insuring safe passable roads during inclement weather
Why are you seeking office? I am proud of our unique community and want to improve (e.g. emergency services, health/safety, and cleanup) and preserve it.
What makes you the best candidate? “Paying-it-forward.” As a retired, successful businessman, I have the experience/abilities to: perform trustee financial/operational responsibilities (e.g. road maintenance/snowplowing, fair zoning, addressing concerns); cultivate important relationships (e.g. EMS) for the good of the “whole”; fight for our rightful share of government funds “due” to our taxpaying citizens. For a better community, I will return half my net salary to a local charity.
Name: Terry L. Brentlinger (w) did not return information
Name: Timothy Allen Shoffstall (w) did not return information
Name: Karen M. Wischmeyer (w) did not return information
Name: Brian D. Carpenter
Current occupation: Skilled trades at Honda
Previous political experience: Town council
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Drugs, criminal activity
Why are you seeking office? I feel we need new leadership and direction in our community.
What makes you the best candidate? I am very goal driven and have the ability to help this community that I have always called home.
Name: Daniel G. Robinson (i)
Current occupation: Honda of America — 29 years
Previous political experience: Incumbent mayor of Quincy for past 14 years; past president of Quincy Village Council; past member of Quincy Zoning Board
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Most pressing at this time is the work being done to improve the water and drainage infrastructure within the village. Plans to improve the park area are also being discussed.
Why are you seeking office? I have enjoyed serving the good citizens of Quincy as mayor. My wife said I love the are and it makes me proud to be part of the continuing effort to make this such a great place to live.
What makes you the best candidate? Of course, my experience as mayor, councilman and zoning officer is a huge benefit. My work ethic is to not quit until a job is done and that is what I feel makes me a good choice for mayor.
Name: Michael Coder
Current occupation: Retired
Previous political experience: Council member since 1974; two-term mayor
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Major problems are speeding in the village and how to deal with sub-standard properties. We want a residential community to be proud of. Funding is always a concern for a small community.
Why are you seeking office? The civic duty of citizens in our country is to be part of the solution. Serving our community is an honor and a way to be part of the solution.
What makes you the best candidate? I have contacts around the county which are valuable in the work of our village government. I understand how village government works and I am interested in trying to improve our village.
Name: Justin Bo Johns
Current occupation: Architectural Designer at Beasley Architecture & Design
Previous political experience: I do not have previous political experience but I do have a great deal of interest in helping Zanesfield continue to be a great place to live and raise a family.
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? There are 4 main issues in the village; speeding, semi-truck traffic, the County Road 10 drainage project coming through the village and the regulations for neglected buildings and properties.
Why are you seeking office? I care about our community. It has been a rewarding experience for me to help develop Hall-Fawcett Park and I am motivated to help create many more opportunities to make the Village of Zanesfield an even better place.
What makes you the best candidate? I will take a common sense approach to the office of Mayor. I want to see village projects completed, and then discuss what the next project might be. I have a drive to see improvements in the village and keep Zanesfield on a path to be a safe, neighborly, small community where we can raise our families.
West Mansfield Village Council
Name: Ian Fogle (w)
Current occupation: Student
Previous political experience: I do not currently have any political experience.
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? The primary focus for West Mansfield is emerging from our current fiscal emergency and staying above it. There are also current pushes for establishing a new village well or possible fixes to our current one, and discussions in regard to the West Mansfield Conservation Club.
Why are you seeking office? I am seeking office to gain and establish political experience for myself and to also promote community involvement in plans which may affect them.
What makes you the best candidate? I believe I am the best candidate because I will have an advantage of being a fresh set of eyes and ideas. I have a sense of vitality which I believe will help invigorate more involvement and maintain a positive position moving forward.
Name: Bethanie Musser (i, w)
Current occupation: Medical billing
Previous political experience: Current council member
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Street Flooding, sidewalk issues, finalizing getting out of Fiscal Emergency, Well, Shooting Range at WM Conservation Club
Why are you seeking office? I grew up around West Mansfield and have lived in the village for the last 13 years. I care about my neighbors and the community; I want it to be a great place to live and a great place for my kids to grow up.
What makes you the best candidate? I have experience on council — current members work together well and we get things done. Some of the things that we have done in my term: complete the state’s requirements to get out of fiscal emergency (scheduled to happen in November 2017), we have also worked to structure policies for Village Employees including the hiring process, an updated policy handbook, and yearly evaluations.
Name: Chad Musser (w)
Current occupation: Mechanical Tech, Firefighter, EMT
Previous political experience: None
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Street flooding, sidewalk issues
Why are you seeking office? I care about my community and the people that live here.
What makes you the best candidate? I have served this community since 2004. I love this community and want to see it improve and thrive. I will listen to what people want to see improvements on and try to push improvements through.
Name: John M. Newland (w)
Current occupation: Washington Township Road Supervisor
Previous political experience: 1995-1997: Jefferson Township Zoning Board Committee.
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Side Walks and drainage are in need of repair. Parking spaces and curbs need painted. There are several trees on village streets that need maintenanced or removed due to condition.
Why are you seeking office? I am seeking office to help keep West Mansfield moving forward. I genuinely care about the community and the people who live here. I feel it is important to support local business and to encourage new businesses to come come to the area. I want to support efforts to revitalize our downtown and local parks, advocate for maintenance and repair of sidewalks, streets and drainage.
What makes you the best candidate? I am a resident of West Mansfield. I was born and raised in this area. My wife and I decided to move to West Mansfield because we thought it would be great to raise our son in my hometown and attend Benjamin Logan School as I and my adult daughters have. My wife has opened a private practice in downtown West Mansfield because we are commited to being productive members of this community.
Name: Trisha R. Newland (w)
Current occupation: Counseling and Behavior Health Services
Previous political experience: Board Affiliation: Suicide Coalition of Logan and Champaign Counties.
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Side Walks and drainage are in need of repair; downtown curb and parking spaces need to be painted. I would like to ensure our community residents have a safe environment to live in and to raise their families. This includes creating a community watch program, enforcing village speed ordances and encouraging efforts to endorse local businesses and support of community fund raising events.
Why are you seeking office? I am seeking office to help support current revitalization efforts and to promote economic growth and development in the Village of West Mansfield. I want to be an advocate for local residents and believe that I can achieve this by serving as a member of the Village Council.
What makes you the best candidate? I am a resident of West Mansfield and have a business located in downtown West Mansfield. My husband was born and raised here and our son attends Benjamin Logan High School. We are proud to be members of the community and to call West Mansfield our home. I have worked in the field social and community health services for over 24 years. I am commited to promoting leadership and advocacy if elected to serve on the West Mansfield Village Council.
Name: Derrick Scott Detrick (i, w) Did not respond
Name: Libby A. Wykstra (i, w) Did not respond
Benjamin Logan School Board
Name: Karen Jo Dill
Current occupation: Retired Benjamin Logan school teacher
Previous political experience: None
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? A school board is to ensure students receive the best education for the tax dollars spent. Members should be accessible to and listen to teachers, staff, and community, incorporating their views whenever possible.
Why are you seeking office? I retired from Benjamin Logan Schools in 2012 to help with our grandchildren. Now that they are older, I would like once again to help out with our school district. I would like to see teachers, staff, students, and community have more of a voice in the decisions made for our students’ education.
What makes you the best candidate? I have a vested interest in Benjamin Logan Schools. I am a lifelong resident of the district. My husband (Curt), my daughters (Debbie, Deanna) and I are all graduates of Benjamin Logan. My grandchildren will be attending school here soon. I taught second, third, and fourth grades during a 30.5 year teaching career. Hopefully, the voters will feel my experience as a teacher will be an asset to the board.
Name: Deb Johnson
Age: Didn’t answer
Current occupation: Retired from 37 years as a teacher, elementary principal, middle school principal, curriculum director and consultant; 26 years were spent at Benjamin Logan.
Previous political experience: none
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? The primary issues are providing all children with the best possible education, being fiscally responsible, and making decisions that respect the voices of staff, students, families, and community members.
Why are you seeking office? I have a proven record of providing excellent educational programs, maintaining fiscal responsibility, and putting the needs of my students first. I will focus on improving children’s lives through education. I believe our students deserve the opportunity to excel academically. They deserve someone who knows how to stretch funds to meet their needs in the school setting. Our students deserve board members who are willing to ask hard questions and who can look outside the box for answers.
What makes you the best candidate? The various jobs I have held in the field of education will allow me to look at issues and decisions from different perspectives. Each student gets only one chance at a quality education. There are no do overs. With each decision to be made, I will bring a lifetime of educational experience, perspective, and knowledge to the Benjamin Logan School District.
Name: Kathy Stierhoff
Current occupation: Retired Benjamin Logan First Grade Teacher
Previous political experience: Rushcreek Township clerk from 1989-1999
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? While we need to stay in compliance with state mandates as much as possible, we need to keep the needs of our children and staff as our top priority when making all policy decisions. Our staff needs to feel supported and appreciated. Of course, we want to nurture and maintain the high quality educational opportunities Benjamin Logan has been known for over the years.
Why are you seeking office? I recently retired from teaching at Benjamin Logan. This gives me a chance to give back to a school system that has given so much to me and my family. My hope is to give the parents, staff, and students a voice in the decisions that affect the quality of our school.
What makes you the best candidate? I maintain a very personal interest in the quality of our school district. My husband, Bob and I both graduated from Benjamin Logan as did our three children; Chase, Nate, and Sara. I taught kindergarten and first grade for over 20 years here and Nate is currently a teacher and coach at our high school. If the voters in our district feel that I can be of helpful service, then I hope they come out and vote.
Name: David S. Willoby (i)
Current occupation: Bank manager, assistant vice president for PNC Financial Services
Previous political experience: Current Member of the Benjamin Logan Board of Education; Logan County Community Improvement Corporation for Economic Development; Logan County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee.
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Our primary issue is balancing the need to provide a 21st-century education and remaining fiscally responsible in the face of mounting funding cuts from the State of Ohio, all while keeping our children and staff safe. Children learn differently in today’s society, so technology must be a focus of any plan to prepare our students for the challenges that are ahead of them. Continuing to build and develop the quality staff that Benjamin Logan is known for must remain high on our priority list.
Why are you seeking office? My wife and I are both graduates of this amazing school district, and our three children are current students. I feel that it’s vitally important to have a parent’s voice on the board; I’m the only candidate offering that voice. I first sought this office four years ago so that I could give back to the Benjamin Logan community. I have no agenda, other than helping to ensure every student receives a great education every day, by keeping them at the forefront of every decision that we make.
What makes you the best candidate? In my first term, we’ve made some great changes in updating the vision set by the school district, not accepting the status quo for the educational experience that we’re providing, and we’ve already begun to see amazing results. I also bring extensive budgeting and finance experience, which has helped fund these initiatives at significant cost savings with no additional taxes requested of our taxpayers. All of that, and a parent’s point of view, make me the best candidate to continue in this office.
Name: William N. Ramsey (i)
Current occupation: Associate chief engineer at Honda of America Mfg. Inc.
Previous political experience: 16 years Benjamin Logan Local School Board of Education; 14 years Ohio Hi-Point JVS Board of Education
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Our primary issue continues to be “Every Student/Every Day” as we prepare each student to be successful for whatever their endeavors may be. We continue to get as much technology in the classroom and in the hands of each student to prepare them for the future. That then leads for additional professional development and continued training for our teachers and staff. Following this important educational focus is school safety, retention of an excellent professional staff, all while balancing the budget each year.
Why are you seeking office? I am seeking re-election for the same reason I sought election the very first time. I believe in Benjamin Logan Schools. This great educational institution gave me everything I needed to have a successful career and raise such a blessed family in this district. There are too many individuals to name that gave of themselves for me and my family and many others, that I want to give back to future generations of “Raiders.”
What makes you the best candidate? Quite simply it is the 16 years of experience I bring to the entire Benjamin Logan Local Board of Education. Together we have set a vision with policies that have allowed Benjamin Logan Schools to grow while maintaining financial stability. My professional experience of managing one of the largest departments and multiple major projects at Honda of America Mfg. has added professional vision & strategies.
Indian Lake School Board
Name: Brett Pequignot (w)
Current occupation: Project controls analyst at American Electric Power
Previous political experience: None
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Sub par district report card grades; gifted students identified but not all are receiving services
Why are you seeking office? To help the district improve by making informative decisions
What makes you the best candidate? A graduate of the ILHS 1990 class, I have strong ties to the community and a desire to see our youth succeed. I will work hard to help the district improve our education standards along with our athletic programs. Having children who are Indian lake students, I have a vested interest in seeing the district grow and excel.
Name: Scott Staley (w)
Current occupation: Self-employed business owner
Previous political experience: None
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? The child that attends Indian Lake School
Why are you seeking office? I feel that my experience and knowledge will be beneficial to this position.
What makes you the best candidate? Involved in many local groups: church, Knights of Columbus 4378, Alliance for Community Partnership. Operated a small business since 1991 in Logan County.
Name: Kim Boswell (i) Did not respond
WL-S School Board
Name: Chuck Buck (i)
Current occupation: Semi-retired law enforcement
Previous political experience: 2 terms as trustee of Harrison Township (Champaign County); 8 years on the WL-S school board
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Finishing the building project and looking after the budget ie: putting money back for major repairs such as roof and HVAC that may arise in the future. Maintaining a financially healthy school district is a concern of the district stakeholders. We as a board of education must listen to the voters.
Why are you seeking office? Several voters stated they were hoping I would run for the WL-S BOE again because they felt I brought a “down to earth” perspective to the board. They stated they would like for me to continue in that capacity.
What makes you the best candidate? Serving on the WL-S and OHP JVS BOE’s for almost eight years has given me valuable knowledge and experience that I can continue to use in my next term if re-elected. My 3 sons graduated from WL-S and my wife works locally as a RN. I have 26+ years experience as a law enforcement officer, which I draw from to make me a better school board member.
Name: David S. Cline
Current occupation: Retired Teacher
Previous political experience: None
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? One of the primary issues is satisfactory completion of the building project. Another important issue would
be to keep the school district in a financially sound position.
Why are you seeking office? I have the background and many years of experience in the educational field which will be a positive influence as a member of the board of education. I am an effective communicator, willing to listen, and work together to resolve issues.
What makes you the best candidate? I have 31 years of experience in the educational field, previous member of a Principal’s Advisory Committee, member of the Indian Lake High School Crisis Team, member of the Logan County Crisis Response Team, the North Central Evaluation Committee, previous Logan County Juvenile Probation Officer, served on the Ben-El Mental Health Board, member of the West Liberty United Methodist Church Trustee Board, former Indian Lake varsity and JV basketball coach, JV baseball coach, and West Liberty 8th grade basketball coach. I have effectively worked with a variety of students and adults in many capacities.
Name: Julie Cole (w)
Current occupation: Homemaker
Previous political experience: None
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? I am not running for school board because I see major issues that need to be addressed. My belief is that West Liberty-Salem is well run and well managed. However, completing the building project and the vote approving the removal of the drug policy are two issues currently affecting our district. Districts will always have issues. I feel that electing a candidate that can be trusted to make sound decisions is more important than the specific issues that currently face the district. Voters should vote for a candidate that has the morals and values that provide a foundation to make the best decision for the students, the teachers, the administrators, and the community that they represent.
Why are you seeking office? I have lived in the WL-S district for 18 years. During this period, I have seen time and time again what an outstanding school district this is. WL-S isn’t a great school by accident. It is great because people are invested and willing to give their time, resources and energy to make it an excellent place to send our kids. I am passionate about serving our community and doing my part to keep WL-S great. While I believe our district is one of the best, no district is perfect. As a board member, I will strive to continually improve the education we provide to our students, to build trust with the community by being fiscally responsible and transparent, and to build trust with parents by providing a safe and healthy environment that allows their children to become all God designed them to be.
What makes you the best candidate? In my many years in the district, I have made a priority of being involved in the school and community. I have coached and sponsored soccer teams, I have helped with and organized elementary field days, I have worked the concession stand, hosted team dinners, served on the prom committee, organized class parties and I am currently helping raise funds for the #tigerstrong field house. I am not afraid to work hard and through these activities I have built many relationships. I have a good understanding of what is important to this community and to our school. I also believe that as a woman, wife and mother, I can offer a unique perspective to the board. I have a BS in Social Work and my training in this profession has helped me become a good communicator, a good listener and a good leader. I am passionate about the WL-S school district and I am committed to serving it well. If you have any specific questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Tim Lamb
Current occupation: Commercial Insurance Broker at CHS Insurance
Previous political experience: None
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? Financial stability and adapting to meet the evolving needs of students.
Why are you seeking office? To provide students in the West Liberty-Salem School District the best educational experience and allow them to reach their full potential.
What makes you the best candidate? I am open-minded and willing to ask questions and seek out the advice from experts to solve problems. I will strive to find the best solutions that will allow the school district to succeed.
Name: Trey Richardson
Current occupation: Remediation Project Manager
Previous political experience: None
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? The main issues at the school are the budget, spending habits, and resuming drug testing policy for student athletes as this would set a good example for our youth. Over the past two years the district has been spending money at a frantic pace and purchasing things they want instead of sticking to needs.
Why are you seeking office? I am running for this position to get somebody with a business back ground on there to really reign in the finances and give a fresh set of younger eyes on everything. I feel between my skill set and my outside the box thinking this will really help make changes at the school. If we don’t change our current habits the district will be forced to come and ask for more money from the community and I am afraid it will not be welcomed with open arms causing financial repercussions to the school district.
What makes you the best candidate? I come from the business world where I manage $3-4 million a year and about $20 million of liabilities, so I understand budgets (staying within them and setting them), forecasting issues and how to look for efficiencies to save money. I am used to making major decisions and implementing those ideas even when the decision is unpopular but it needs to be done. I have been giving back to the community as a volunteer baseball coach at two local schools the past 8 years and I am a board member for a non-profit organization which provides scholarships to local schools.
Name: Dixie Kopus
Current occupation: No answer
Previous political experience: No past political experience
What are the primary issues in your jurisdiction? The primary issues we have in our district are issues that many districts are facing ... how to prevent the rising drug problem in our schools and of course the infamous budget issues.
Why are you seeking office? I am seeking office to listen to my community and bring the issues the issues they may have that concern them to the table so there can be a discussion.
What makes you the best candidate? I feel I can be one of the best candidates for the position because I can bring a woman’s opinion to the discussion. There hasn’t been a woman on the board for many years. My family has multi-generational ties to West Liberty-Salem and the local community. I feel I have a good understanding of the community.