Crowded race for Swanton Village Council


Five running for two spots

Staff Report



A crowded field is vying for two seats on Swanton Village Council. Incumbent Craig Rose is joined in the field by Michael A. Westmeyer, Dianne Westhoven, Scott Herrick and former councilman Jeff Pilliod.

Name: Jeff Pilliod

Marital Status: Married for 39 years to Pat, and two sons, Justin and Ryan.

Age: 63

Education: Swanton High School graduate, various business sales and management courses.

Civic Organizations: Sons of the American Legion and Swanton Corn Festival.

1. Why are you running for office?

Being a lifelong resident I have an invested interest in Swanton and the community.

2. Why should people vote for you?

Having previous years on council, I feel that the knowledge and experience that I have gained can make a positive impact on Swanton and the community.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

A. Since being involved from the beginning of sewer separation, I would like to follow up with the projects until they are completed.

B. Since we have our own water source reservoir, I would like us to look into the possibility of a second reservoir since the village has already purchased extra property for more raw water source.

4. Have you held office before?

I have held office for 3 1/2 terms or 14 years since 1995.

5. Do you have anything else to add?

When I was on council previously if a resident had any concerns or issues with the village or village services, I would address and try to resolve it as soon as possible.

Name: Craig Rose

Marital Status: Married to Angela Rose

Age: 45

Education: University of Toledo, Hondros College of Business and Anthony Wayne High School

Civic Organizations: Swanton Rotary, President Elect

1. Why are you running for office?

As a proud business owner and resident of the Village of Swanton, it has been an honor to serve my community. As the current village council president, I have worked diligently to serve community members by listening to their needs and creating positive change. I look forward to working with the community and my fellow councilmen to ensure these changes continue to flourish and keep this community family-friendly, safe and economically stable.

2. Why should people vote for you?

As the owner of Rose Photography Studio, I have 19 years of first-hand knowledge on the unique challenges Swanton faces in business development. I have been privileged with the opportunity to work closely with Swanton Local Schools, a district that both of my children attended and hold the key to our community’s future development. Every decision I make, and every question I raise, is to ensure that our local government is held accountable for its actions.

Future Swanton generations rely on us to make decisions to keep this village not only family-friendly and safe, but also economically stable. My entrepreneurial experiences give me the advantage of knowing that in order to maintain a thriving community, we must budget responsibly. We must play a proactive role in the community and find new ways residents can benefit from the use of tax dollars. We can do this by evaluating our current water and sewer plants to ensure they meet EPA standards, maintaining public spaces such as parks and completing comparative analyses on our village’s spending habits versus similar towns to gain new insights on how we can budget effectively. Swanton community members should vote for me as a council member because I want what is best for them, their families and their businesses. I welcome feedback by each individual and will ensure that I will make other members of our local government accountable by asking questions and entirely evaluating answers.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

I plan to continue to keep our administration accountable to not only council, but citizens as well. One of the ways I can do this is by filling the open village administrator position with someone who will be open to communicating with, and welcoming communication from, community members. It is my goal to ensure this individual and all elected officials have the citizens’ best interest at heart.

I will also bridge the gap between the village administration and village citizens by encouraging two-way communication that involves actively pursuing opinions. One of the issues many citizens have raised is water quality; as a result of individual community member complaints, I have never supported the calls for increased water rates and will look for a solution to improve the quality without creating a financial burden on our citizens.

4. Have you held office before?

Yes. I am currently the President of Village Council

5. Do you have anything else to add?

It has been an extreme honor to represent Swanton village citizens on Village Council. I am humbled every time that I am asked to make a decision and cast a vote. I take this position very seriously and am always representing Swanton the best I can. Swanton’s future is in our hands and we must do all we can to represent our citizens and their needs. We have beautiful parks, an amazing library, an excellent school system and wonderful civic organizations that support our community. I am proud to have raised a family here and watched the community grow and flourish. I would love nothing more than to give back to this community by serving on village council.

Name: Dianne Westhoven

Marital Status: Married

Age: 57

Education: Graduate of Swanton High School, Attended University of Toledo

Civic Organizations:

1. Why are you running for office?

I am a lifelong resident of the Swanton community, being born and raised here. At this time of my life, I feel that I have a lot to offer the community and I would like the opportunity to do so.

2. Why should people vote for you?

I have not only operated my own business, but have worked in a management capacity for a local nonprofit for the past 26 years. In both situations, I have been responsible for and maintaining a balanced fiscal budget, working in team situations and coming up with creative solutions to stay solvent in this ever changing economy. I think this experience and knowledge would benefit the community as a whole.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

1.) Continue to monitor and assist in making sure that the village holds to and maintains a balanced budget.

2.) Look into ways to save the village money, whether that be through exploring possible grant opportunities and/or getting quotes from other sources that provide services to the village.

4. Have you held office before?

I have never held a public office before.

5. Do you have anything else to add?

I would appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of Swanton. I love this community and will work hard to help it continue to grow and flourish.

Michael A. Westmeyer and Scott Herrick did not return questionnaires to the Expositor.

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Five running for two spots

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