Four vie for Swancreek Trustee


Incumbent Rick Kazmierczak and three challengers, Marvin Green, Brian Meyer, and Lenny Mitchell, will vie for two seats on the Swancreek Township Board of Trustees. Current trustee Travis Weigel is not running.

Name: Marvin Green

Family: Married, one daughter, two stepdaughters.

Age: 54

Education: High school, some college and technical training.

1. Why are you running for political office?

I have a vast knowledge in paving, bridges, concrete, asphalt, and asphalt maintenance that I believe would help the residents of Swancreek Township get more out of their tax dollars. I would like to bring more transparency to the township.

2. Why should people vote for you?

I have been an inspector for 20 years with the Ohio Department of Transportation. In those years I have worked on several paving projects, the Springfield High School grade separation in front of Springfield High School, which included a roundabout, railroad underpass, new pavement, and drainage. I also was the inspector on the new Waterville Bridge. I was the inspector on 475/23 new alignment north of Central Avenue, which included two new bridges and realignment of the road to better exit onto Central Avenue. I am also on the Board of Trustees for Tri County Rural Electric Cooperative.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

I would like to see more transparency for the township meetings and budget. I would also like to get more residents involved in the township meetings.

4. Have you held office before?

I have not held a public office previously.

5. Do you have anything else to add?

I have lived in Swancreek Township my entire life and raised on a farm. I enjoy our rural way of life and would strive to keep it that way.

Name: Rick Kazmierczak

Family: Married to Pam, children Sarah, Nathan and Michael, three grandchildren.

Age: 66

Education: Maumee High School graduate, attending Bowling Green State University.

Civic organizations: FCHC Board of Directors.

1. Why are you running for political office?

I enjoy representing the residents of Swancreek Township and making our township a great place to live.

2. Why should people vote for you?

I have eight years experience as a trustee and respectfully ask for your vote to continue to move our township forward.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

My goals have always been to make our township a better place to live and work and to provide the best services possible to our residents!

4. Have you held office before? If so, please provide details

I am completing my second term as a trustee.

5. Do you have anything else to add?

I ask for your vote on Nov. 2 so that we can continue to move forward with the plans that we have in place. Thank you!

Name: Brian Meyer

Family: Wife-Bernadette and two daughters, Alyvia and Peyton

Age: 39

Education: High school graduate from Liberty Center and Four County. Studied Agriculture Diesel Mechanics.

Civic Organizations: Swanton Area Chamber of Commerce, Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Anthony Wayne Chamber of Commerce.

1. Why are you running for political office?

I want to give the residents of Swancreek Township a fair and honest voice.

2. Why should people vote for you?

I have a background in road and drainage installation and maintenance, snow removal, property and building maintenance, and agriculture and truck repair and maintenance.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

– To make sure the tax payers’ money is well spent and to make sure each and every person’s voice in the township is well heard.

– To continue to improve drainage and maintain roads.

4. Have you held office before?

No I have not.

5. Do you have anything else to add?

I have been a Swancreek Township resident my whole life. My dad, Jim Meyer, was a trustee for many years. We own and operate a well-established business called Select Sanitation, which is a refuse company, right here in the township. As a taxpayer in this township, I also care about how our tax money is spent.

Name: Lenny Mitchell

Family: Married. Three adult children.

Age: 68

Education: BA Capitol University, U.S. Army Command and Staff School.

Civic Organizations: Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 254; Assistant Leader, Girl Scout Troop 10248; 4-H advisor; American Legion Honor Guard; Fulton County Honor Guard, Harry Hughes Youth Equestrian Center Board member.

1. Why are you running for political office?

I have lived in the township for more than 30 years and am a property owner. The township has been a good place to raise by children and I feel an obligation for public service. I bring insight and experience currently serving as chairman of the Zoning Board and treasurer of the Swancreek Water District.

2. Why should people vote for you?

My experience in currently-held offices within the township has prepared me to take on the responsibilities of Swancreek Township trustee. Because I have been a resident of the township for more than 30 years and active in civic affairs, I understand the issues facing our residents and believe I can represent them well.

And I would bring leadership skills to the office that I honed as a Captain in the United States Army.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

I want to ensure that decisions made by the Board of Trustees are done transparently and include input from residents of the township. I also pledge to be a good steward of public dollars.

4. Have you held office before?

Currently chairman of the Swancreek Zoning Board and treasurer of the Swancreek Water District.

5. Do you have anything else to add?

I have always maintained a commitment to public service dating back to the accomplishment of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. My commitment continued with service in the military and as a leader with youth organizations. I readily accepted the appointed positions I now have with the Swancreek Township government.

Swancreek Township has been a wonderful place to live and raise my family. I want to give back to the community by serving as a responsive trustee that works to preserve our good reputation and guide the township to success in the future.

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