Candidate profiles: Gasper Township Trustees

Name: Terry V. Parks

Office Seeking: Gasper Township Trustee

Occupation: Retired Teacher

Past Posts Held: Mayor of Eldorado; Lakengren Water Authority Trustee

Education: High School: National Trail Graduate-1969; College: Cumberland College-BS degree-Graduate-1973; Masters classes- Wright State and the University of Dayton

Community Work: LWA trustee for 15 years (retired); Freedom 1st Credit Union Board of Trustees; Vice-President Eaton Community School Board; Eaton’s representative to the MVCTC school Board

Qualifications: I have experience in both areas of the world of work, both employee and management and work to make things work smoothly.

Crucial Issues: Recruitment and retaining firefighters and EMTs for Gasper Township. I will work with the other trustees to investigate possible answers to help solve this issue. Balancing the budget is very important as well.

Chief Priorities: As the leader of the LWA for many years, I worked hard to make things better than when I came to the office in December of 2000. I will continue to do the best that I can, promising only honesty and hard work.

Name: Bill Roell

I am running for Gasper Township Trustee.

I have lived in Preble County all of my life, and Gasper Township for the last twenty five years. I live on a small grain farm in southern Gasper Township with my wife, Anitra and our two children.

I graduated from Eaton High School and Montgomery County Joint Vocational School in 1991.

I have been employed as a mechanic/truck driver for Hometown Fuels, formerly known as New Paris Oil, for twenty four years. My family attends First Southern Baptist Church in Camden. I am an active member of the Preble Shawnee Booster Club and also involve in the Preble County Junior Fair.

I have served as a Gasper Township trustee for the past 12 years. I am familiar with the current township budget as well as local government. Gasper Township is a fast growing area facing significant potential development. I believe it is important to serve our residents by keeping our communities safe and clean. I feel that it is critical to continue to grow our fire department and emergency medical services. Also, I feel it is crucial that we keep our roadways maintained. I hope to continue to serve the people of Gasper Township by keeping taxes down and working within our current budget.

The residents of Gasper Township will benefit by re-electing me as a trustee. I will continue to be hands on which saves the township money. I am able to do a lot of work without hiring outside help. Keeping taxes down is important and being a working trustee will help achieve this. Having grown up on a dairy farm, I definitely understand hard work and good work ethics. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the residents of Gasper Township.