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Mifflin Township voters will decide among three candidates to fill two available seats on the board of trustees when they go to the polls Nov. 7.Incumbents Joe Spanovich, 760 Taylor Road, Gahanna, and Lynn Stewart, 1304 Retreat Lane, New Albany, are being challenged by Kevin J. Cavener, 3657 Olde Ridenour Road, Gahanna.Read more:Mifflin Township trustees: Three candidates talk issues as election approaches
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Mifflin Township voters will decide a 3-mill replacement and 3-mill increase (for a total of 6 mills) levy for police protection for a continuing period of time. Do you support the levy and if so, why?

What do you see as Mifflin’s most important issue and how should the township address it?

Mifflin Township’s board of trustees holds meetings at 10 a.m. the first Monday and 3:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Would you be open to changing meeting times to the evening, when members of the public would be available to attend? Do you consider engagement with the public a high priority?

Why should township residents vote for you?

Age 60
Education Graduate Brookhaven High School; Graduate Columbus Fire Academy, EMT; Fire Inspection Training; 911 call center.
Experience Longtime resident of Gahanna. Firefighter and first responder with nearly thirty years experience. Strong business and leadership background.
Family Married with two children.
Religion Christian
Yes, I support the levy for police protection. I was not privy to the negotiation and discussion for the ballot request, but I’m confident the trustees looked at all available options. I believe police and fire protection are the most important public services that the Trustees oversee. Ensuring strong public safety forces, keeps the township residents safe and will help the township attract more families to our community.
The most important issues facing the township are funding and communication with the public. I will work with the trustees and the Fire Chief to find alternative funds for capital and equipment replacement. We will collaborate together to focus on the core functions of the fire department and to proactively communicate with the public. I would also like to change the meeting times for the trustee’s to better accommodate the residents.
Yes, I consider engagement with the public a high priority. In order to provide everyone the opportunity to come to a meeting, one of the available meeting times should be in the evening. This may require a flex schedule implementation since it is my understanding they currently would be required to pay overtime. I would work with fellow trustees to accommodate the public.
The primary job of a trustee is to oversee the operation of the Mifflin Township Fire and EMS. As a longtime resident and Firefighter and first responder with nearly thirty years of experience, I believe I am the most qualified candidate for trustee. In addition, I want to proactively improve communication between the Township and the residents.
Education United States Navy; The Ohio State University, Bachelors of Science in Education, and Masters in School Administration
Experience I have a history of leadership and service to Gahanna and Mifflin Township, as Trustee for 7 terms, and as a former Gahanna mayor and council member. As a veteran, I believe in honesty, integrity and being responsible with public funds.
Family Was married to the late Katherine Spanovich (Weiss). I have three kids and numerous grandchildren.
Religion Catholic
The Mifflin Township Trustees voted in support of placing the 3-mill replacement and 3-mill increase on the ballot at the request of the police department and the citizens of the unincorporated portion of Mifflin Township. It is important to note that this levy does not cover or tax residents in the city of Gahanna. The original 3-mills was originally voted on in 1984 around the time when the Police Division was established. With community challenges like the opiate epidemic and increased crime due to this health crisis, it is critical that Township residents are supported by an effective police department which can serve and protect the community. Our current Police Division emphasizes building relationships and trust with members of the community, as well as utilizing new technology – such as body cameras – to protect the rights of citizens and the safety of our Police. This will permit the Police Division to continue their service to the community.
Finding ways to continue providing a diverse and growing community of 35,000 residents with the high-quality fire/EMS, police, cemetery and road services they have come to expect, in a cost-efficient manner, all on time and on budget. I continually look for opportunities to collaborate with other communities; foster relationships with partners such as our Council of Governments, and city, county and state agencies; identify opportunities to joint venture to stretch our funding, and support the life-saving programs and everyday heroes in our fire and police department
In the past, the Township has varied meeting times to increase public participation, and are open to doing so again if residents are interested. Previously, one meeting was held in the evening and one in the morning, but participation was limited. We support recommendations to increase public participation in the township’s decision-making process, and welcome feedback on the best meeting times. Additionally, we are actively seeking new ways to use technology so residents can be connected, whether or not they can attend a meeting. Social media, online public records tools, or other means of transparency in fiscal management and decision-making are good for the Township. Trustees are also active in a variety of public events which are opportunities to hear from residents, such as the Fire Prevention Week Open House, the Opiate Forum organized by the Mifflin Township Division of Fire and the First Responders Appreciation Night. Residents may also call or email any concerns at any time.
I always put the health, welfare and safety of residents first, by providing first-class fire/EMS, police and cemetery/road services to Gahanna and Mifflin Township. As a long-time resident, I’ve served as mayor and city councilmember, and a Township Trustee. I want to expand the role of our fire personnel in proactive health, safety prevention programs, such as our community CPR program, community EMS program, and the efforts of our police and fire to combat the opiate epidemic. Leveraging creative ways to finance projects, and prudent fiscal planning of tax dollars, enables us to stay financially strong. I have been endorsed by Mayor Tom Kneeland, City Attorney Shane Ewald, Police Chief Dennis Murphy, Safety Director Mark Thomas, retired Fire Chiefs, Tim Taylor and Jim DeConnick, Trustee Richard Angelou, Fiscal Office Nancy White, Professional Firefighters Local Union #2818 and the Fraternal Order of Police, Capital City Lodge #9. I would appreciate the chance to continue to serve.
Family Was married to the late Jack Stewart for 38 years.
Religion Lutheran
Campaign email lstewart157@yahoo.com
The Mifflin Township Trustees voted in support of placing the 3-mill replacement and 3-mill increase on the ballot at the request of the police department and the citizens of the unincorporated portion of Mifflin Township. It is important to note that this levy does not cover or tax residents in the city of Gahanna. The 3-mills was originally voted on in 1984 around the time when the Police Division was established. With community challenges like the opiate epidemic and increased crime due to this health crisis, it is critical that Township residents are supported by an effective police department which can serve and protect the community. Our current Police Division emphasizes building relationships and trust with members of the community, as well as utilizing new technology – such as body cameras – to protect the rights of citizens and the safety of our Police. This will permit the Police Division to continue their service to the community.
To continue providing high-quality fire/EMS, police, cemetery and road service to a growing community, and to continue to stretch our dollars to find creative and cost-efficient ways to deliver the best service to voters for less. Maintaining good relationships with members of our Council of Governments, which we partner with on the Dispatching service; city, county and state agencies; exploring joint ventures to identify cost savings; and tapping into programs that improve and save lives in our community. Programs and support, such as ones offered by the state to prevent and fight opiate addiction, are critical to a healthy community.
In the past, the Township has varied meeting times to increase public participation, and are open to doing so again if residents are interested. Previously, one meeting was held in the evening and one in the morning, but participation was still limited. We welcome recommendations to increase public participation in the township’s decision-making process, and feedback on the best meeting times. Additionally, we are actively seeking new ways to use technology to connect residents, whether or not they can attend a meeting. Social media, online public records tools, and other means of transparency in fiscal management and decision-making are good for the Township. Trustees are also active in a variety of public events which are opportunities to hear from residents, such as the Fire Prevention Week Open House, the Opiate Forum organized by the Mifflin Township Division of Fire and the First Responders Appreciation Night. Residents may also call/email any concerns.
I have a proven track record of supporting our fire/EMS, police and cemetery/road services in Gahanna and Mifflin Township, and believe in investing in our community EMS program, expanding the role of our fire personnel in health and safety prevention programs. I am open to new ideas and challenging the status quo, but also experienced and can find creative ways to finance projects, including grants, partnerships, cost sharing and collaboration, along with prudent planning with our budget. My experience has enabled us to provide premier services and maintain a financially strong township with the best bond rating. I am endorsed by Mayor Tom Kneeland, City Attorney Shane Ewald, Police Chief Dennis Murphy, Safety Director Mark Thomas, retired Fire Chiefs Tim Taylor and Jim DeConnick, Trustee Richard Angelou, Fiscal Office Nancy White, and the Professional Firefighters Local Union #2818. I believe my experience and commitment make Mifflin Township a great place to live and work.
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