Candidate profiles: Israel Township Trustees


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Name: Christopher M. Johnston

Office Seeking: Israel Township Trustee

Occupation: Truck Driver

Past Political Posts Held: Israel Township Trustee

Education: Union County High School – Whitewater Career Center Diesel Technology Program

Community Involvement: Current Township Trustee- 1st term active member for County Township Association, Volunteer Fireman for Boston Fire Department, and avid member of Salem Friends Community Church

Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position? I have held an office position for 4 years now, attended many seminars and classes about township issues and government matters, attended Ohio Township Association Conference for 4 years, and participated in a leadership academy.

What is the most crucial issue facing the office you are seeking, and how would you address it? I find the most crucial issues to be road work, maintaining what we have, and keeping a good rapport with residents of the township.

If elected, what would be your chief priorities? If elected, my chief priorities would be to keep up with any concerns from residents and stay up to date and in contact with local township government.

Name: Matthew R. Nixon

Office Seeking: Israel Township Trustee

Occupation: Farmer/Auctioneer

Past Political Posts Held: Israel Townships Trustee

Education: Eaton High School Graduate

Community Involvement: N/A

Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position? I have held this position and know the job well. I am self motivated, hard working and good at budgeting to be able to make logical decisions best for the township. I have also lived in this township my entire life and am dedicated to upkeep and better our area.

What is the most crucial issue facing the office you are seeking, and how would you address it? If Local Government Funding would be cut again, it definitely would impact out township, because we do not levy tax dollars at this time. My main concern would be if someone were to be voted in that did not have that same outlook. Fiscal responsibility has been one of Israel Townships most crucial asset, and past trustees and current have maintained this effort.

My pledge to voters of Israel Township is to be fair, work hard, and remain conservative to achieve the best interest of our Township.

If elected, what would be your chief priorities? As a current township trustee, I have the experience that is essential to continue the tasks that I had promised in my previous election campaign. The township roads/culverts are just one of the many important issues that our township faces. In my term, I have worked on replacing several of these culverts which has reduced the impact of flooding and preserved the scenic beauty and character of Israel Township, and protected your property values. A great deal of time has also been spent on the dead ash tree issue and since in office, I have removed many. I have spent much time during my office representing the township with the Sheriff, County Engineer, County Auditor, Prosecuting Attorney, Zoning, And Emergency Management to ensure that Israel Townships concerns are being addressed. I will continue to have good representation with these department when/if issues arise. I do have an aspiration to start renovation projects with the townships cemeteries, however, funding is problematic. I do plan to work on a few historic headstones at a time and explore a way to fund the project. Which leads into levies: Israel Township is the only township in Preble County that does not have a levy. I would continue to apply a responsible approach to township finances to keep Israel the only “non-levied” township so that the residents of Israel still remain to pay the least taxes in Preble County. It has been Israels pride of a conservative budget that has kept the entire budget process at a minimum. If I remain in office, I will continue to do manual labor and not outsource jobs so that I may save the township unnecessary spending. Lastly, Israel Township is also the only township in Preble County that does not take health insurance reimbursement. I will be committed to continue to not take this reimbursement.

Name: Donald E. (Buck) White

Office Seeking: Israel Township Trustee

Past Political Posts Held: Served 8 years as Israel Township Trustee

Education: Eaton H.S. graduate, Butler Tech Industrial Maintenance Program, attended Miami University

Community Involvement: Being a good neighbor. Helping our current trustees with road maintenance and clean up after storms.

Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position? The experience and knowledge I have gained in previously holding this office and being a lifelong resident of Israel Township will assure that I will work hard for our community.

What is the most crucial issue facing the office you are seeking and how would you address it? I feel that every issue facing our community is important and I will take the time to evaluate each one and move forward in a productive way to find solutions.

If elected, what would be your chief priorities? To work together to complete the duties of the office and to listen to our residents on issues that concern our community.

Nixon
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Johnson
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