Three candidates are running for two seats on the Washington Township board of directors in the November 2 poll.
Incumbent Denise Franz-King did not seek re-election, opening the door to at least one new member.
Incumbent Charles Kranstuber seeks re-election and faces challenges Tim Hansley, a former Dublin City Director, and Stu Harris, who resigned his seat on the Dublin Board of Education to campaign for the township administrator from Washington.
The first two voters will join administrator Jan Rozanski, whose term expires at the end of 2023.
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Hansley, 75, is the current Union County administrator.
Hansley cited his vast experience and education as qualifiers for serving as a Washington Township administrator. Previously, he served as Dublin City Manager for 14 years, as well as Dublin Public Safety Director, Westerville Financial Director and General Manager for the Cities of Ohio, Conneaut, Lebanon and Tipp City.
Hansley said the most pressing issue facing Washington Township is excess fire property tax fund reserves and how to fairly fund fire and EMS services going forward. To that end, he said, he advocates the establishment of a joint city and township steering committee to look into the matter.
As for the growth of Dublin and how best the Township of Washington can keep pace, particularly with regard to the services provided by the Township of Washington to the city, said Hansley, the administrators “must continue to work with city officials in a cooperative manner ”on such issues. as shared dispatch services, additional staff, equipment and locations of future fire stations.
“A joint study will be needed to determine if there is a more equitable way to fund these essential services,” said Hansley.
Regarding the continuing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, he said, the motto of the US Coast Guard, in which he served, “Semper Paratus” or “always ready”, is more applicable today than ever before .
“As the administrator of the Washington township, I would act on these beliefs and do everything possible to ensure the health, safety and well-being of those we serve,” he said.
Hansley has four grown children.
Harris, 59, is a lawyer with Nationwide Insurance.
Harris said his experience as a member of the Dublin School Board over the past 16 years, working with Washington Township on a myriad of projects qualifies him as a Washington Township administrator.
If elected, he said, he would maintain the township’s “professional standards” for the more than 6,000 annual service calls to the township’s four fire stations and use his tax experience as a former member. of the Dublin School Board to protect the funds generated by the township fire. Specimens.
On the growth of Dublin and the way the township keeps pace, especially with regard to the fire department, Harris reiterated his commitment to “continue our excellent service”.
As for the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, he said, he would “always measure my public policy on a careful assessment of all the facts and data” while drawing on his experience of boating. in the pandemic as a member of the school board.
Harris and his wife, Alison, have two sons, Jacob and Nick.
Kranstuber, 67, is a lawyer.
He was a member of Dublin City Council and the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission before being elected Washington Township Trustee.
Kranstuber said he was running for re-election because “I am proud of the work the Washington Township has done for the community.”
He cited the township billing institution EMS which has generated around $ 1 million per year at no cost to Dublin residents, a property tax rate freeze since 2010 and the transfer of the township’s two parks to Metro Parks. in Dublin, saving the township about $ 500,000. each year, as examples of the township’s efforts to serve its residents.
Kranstuber and his wife, Jill, have seven children and two grandchildren.
Editor’s Note: These profile capsules were written based on direct responses from applicants to The Columbus Expeditionquestionnaire.