Name: Austin Cole
Office Seeking: Re-election as Lanier Township Trustee
Education: Twin Valley South High School Graduate
Community Involvement: Member of Salem Lutheran Church, volunteer on the TVS football chain gang, volunteer at the West Alexandria Oktoberfest.
Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position? I am a current Lanier Township Trustee and the Preble County Township Association President. These roles have given me the experience necessary to serve the Township.
What is the most crucial issue facing the office you are seeking, and how would you address it? During hard economic times, it is crucial that we get the most out of every taxpayer dollar. I’ve been instrumental in the purchase of a durapatcher machine which allows us to do some strip in house, allowing contract dollars to cover more mileage.
If elected, what will be your chief priorities? Over the next four years, I would like to continue to improve our Township and community by cleaning up nuisance properties, improving transparency between the township and it’s residents, and continuing to be fiscally responsible with Lanier Township’s tax dollars.
Name: Bruce E. Cunningham
Office Seeking: Lanier Township Trustee
Occupation: Retired AK Steel, Owner/Operator Affordable Tree Stump Removal, LLC
Past Political Posts Held: 8 years Lanier Township Trustee
Education: Twin Valley South High School graduate
Community Involvement: 1) Active in my church as a board member as well as participating in the community monthly meal; 2) Volunteered at the Pork Festival for the past several years; 3) Participated in cleaning up Ft. St. Clair after Hurricane Ike.
Why are you the most qualified candidate for this position? I have been an active township trustee for the past 8 years. I have managed my own business for 34 years. I am retired giving me the flexibility to be available for your needs.
What is the most crucial issue facing the office you are seeking, and how would you address it? To continue to serve our township’s many needs within the budget we have without raising taxes.
If elected, what would be your chief priorities? 1) Making certain the upkeep on our cemeteries are at a standard that represent the respect due our loved ones buried there. 2) Using our recently purchased Dur-A-Patcher to maintain our township roads. 3) Continue to find ways that the township can be run efficiently within our budget.
Name: Dale Dean Henry
Office Seeking: Lanier Township Trustee
Occupation: Senior Vice-President Credit, Twin Valley Bank
Education: Bachelor Degree and Post Graduate Studies: Ball State University majoring in Business Management and Public Administration
Community Involvement: 12 years on the Board of Directors of L&M Products/MRDD programs & Chairman of Miami University Middletown Finance committee for Community Enhancement and Growth. 30+ years Lanier Township resident with 2 daughters graduating from Twin Valley South & Miami University; created multiple opportunities for personal activities and involvement in the TVS school district and West Alexandria. Have also worked daily with residents of Lanier Township and village officials of West Alexandria for the past 12 years at Twin Valley Bank.
Why are you most qualified for this position: 35-plus years of experience in commercial finance and budget management. I currently maintain daily interaction and discussions with local citizens and listen to their concerns and suggestions with regard to the community.
What is the most crucial issue facing the office you are seeking and how would you address it? Maintaining township services to the local residents and being responsive to their questions, concerns and suggestions.
If elected, what would be your chief priorities? I will try to promote open communications and provide proactive services to the township residents in a timely manner. Enhance and upgrade equipment and maintenance services to promote road safety throughout Lanier Township. Enhance conversations and cooperation with local emergency service agencies for the protection of all Lanier Township residents and property.