Three candidates are competing for two Dover Township Trustee spots in the Nov. 7 election.
KENNETH CLARK, 62
Education: High school
Civic organizations: Fulton County Farm Bureau; Fulton County Regional Planning Commission.
1. Why are you running for office? Because I am dedicated to Dover Township. My family has lived in Dover Township since 1854, and I have live here my entire life. As with generations before me, I truly care about the future of Dover Township. One reason I ran for office 28 years ago was to give something back to our community. Dover Township has been a great place to live for the Clark family for the past 163 years. This very reason still drives my desire to serve this township today. I am dedicated to making Dover Township a great place for my family – and for each of you who call it home now, and for those who will in the future.
2. Why should people vote for you? I have humbly served this township for 28 years and have proven experience as a trustee that our citizens can believe in. In my time in this role, I have served on numerous boards and committees, developing important working relationships with other township, county, city, and state officials. Our roads, cemeteries and drainage needs are well maintained, as we have assembled a reliable collection of maintenance and snow removal equipment to assure a prompt response to required services.
3. What are your two main goals if elected? My two main goals if elected would be to continue the excellent financial condition of the township and to maintain the appealing rural identity of Dover Township. Dover is unique in many ways, which fosters great opportunities and potential, and also significant challenges in managing them effectively. We have the turnpike exit, hotels, county office, state garage, fairgrounds, housing developments, and many businesses. Even with all of this, I feel one of the main characteristics that attracts new people to Dover Township is the well managed rural atmosphere.
4. Have you held office before? If so, please provide details. I have been a Dover Township trustee since 1989. I am fiscally conservative, and have been a dedicated steward with the funds committed to township services and for establishing reserves. When I was elected in 1989, our monthly township balance was just shy of $100,000. We have grown that balance to over $900,000 – ensuring that we can continue to keep up with the increasing costs that our diverse commercial, agricultural, and residential property mix brings and effectively provide the services that our residents expect. More importantly, we have no current debt, and we’ve accomplished this without requesting a single tax increase from the residents of Dover Township.
PAMELA J. MOORE, 64
Education: Anthony Wayne High School; MaChere’ Pivot Point International Academy; Joico International Educational Academy; Ohio Municipal League Public Officials Training 1, 2, 3, and 4; Ohio Township Leadership Academy.
Married: Retired Swanton Police Officer Ron Moore
Civic Organizations: American Legion Auxiliary; Swanton Corn Fest; Northwest Ohio Law Dogs LE/MC; Swanton Halloween Hoopla volunteer; Swanton School Carnival volunteer.
1. Why are you running for office? To give back to the community. I have been in business for 41 years in Fulton County, and it’s my way of giving back. I have a lot of experience to offer.
2. Why should people vote for you? I have 14 years’ experience with road, ditch, and cemetery maintenance. During my term as Village of Swanton Councilwoman, the village did an overpass project costing $8.6 million. We received Federal Stimulus Funding of $7.9 million. This was a joint project with Norfolk Southern Railroad and Lucas County. The village portion was very small, saving village residents tax dollars. During my term as Swancreek trustee, we received over $849,000 grant money for our roads and ditches. We also received a zero percent loan for 10 years for a joint project with Swanton Local Schools and the Village of Swanton. This saved Swancreek residents tax dollars. I will work as a team, and I will research availability for grant money. I will do my best to save Dover Township residents tax dollars while maintaining our roads, ditches, and cemeteries.
3. What are your two main goals if elected? Putting Dover Township residents first, and keeping Dover Township fiscally sound by working toward getting grant money for our roads, cemeteries, and a safe severe weather shelter for township residents.
4. Have you held this office before? If so, provide details. Yes, Swancreek the largest in Fulton County. I was the first woman elected as trustee in Fulton County.
STEPHEN M. GUSTWILLER, 57
Education: Wauseon High School
Married: Lisa, 35 years
Civic Organizations: St. Caspar Catholic Church, Wauseon; Knights of Columbus Council #8829, Wauseon; Fulton County Township Association; Wauseon Homecoming Committee.
1. Why are you running for office? I am a lifelong Dover Township resident and I care how things are done to keep our township a good place to live and work.
2. Why should people vote for you? I will work for the people of Dover Township to keep good roads and cemeteries, work to keep a balanced budget, and spend the people’s money responsibly.
3. What are your two main goals if elected? To keep Dover Township fiscally sound and to make sure that money is being spent wisely; to be available to communicate with residents of Dover Township and to let them know that their concerns are a priority.
4. Have you held office before? If so, please provide details. Yes, I was first elected to this office in 2009.