Franklin Twp.: Current, former trustee square off


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A current and former township trustee are squaring off for the position in Franklin Township. Current trustee Michael Kinsman is challenged by former trustee Mark Ballmer.

Name: Mark Ballmer

Marital Status: Married

Age: 60

Education: 2 year college. Real Estate License.

Civic Organizations: Friends of Camp Palmer, 4H advisor, County Zoning Board of Appeals.

1. Why are you running for office?

Enjoy serving and working with people.

2. Why should people vote for you?

Have good working relationship with local and state government officials.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

To keep the township a safe place to live with good roads, fire and ambulance service, and cemeteries.

4. Have you held office before?

Yes 14 years, up to four years ago.

5. Do you have anything else to add?

Live here all my life. We have one of the best townships in the county and would like to keep it that way.

Name: Mike Kinsman

Marital Status: Married to Rachel Kinsman.

Age: 44

Education: Archbold High School

1. Why are you running for office?

I am running for office to continue to work hand in hand with the trustees and county to improve Franklin Township.

2. Why should people vote for you?

People should vote for me because I listen to their needs and try to accommodate as much as possible.

3. What are your two main goals if elected?

1. Continue to improve township roads and drainage.

2. To address turnpike overpass approaches to get them reworked and to work with the turnpike commissioners and county on those projects.

4. Have you held office before?

One term as Franklin Township Trustee

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