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Voters will have the opportunity to choose from two incumbents and one challenger when they cast their ballots for two seats on the Jerome Township board of trustees in the Nov. 7 general election.Joe Craft and C.J. Lovejoy are each completing their first terms on the three-person board, said Robert Caldwell, township fiscal officer.The term or township Trustee Ron Rhodes expires in December 2019, Caldwell said.Craft and Lovejoy are being challenged by Andrew Diamond, an informational technology professional who has lived in the township for about nine years.Read more:Jerome Township: Incumbents face challenger in race for two trustee seats
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What steps, if any, should be taken to ensure that Dublin and Jerome Township are more aligned on a vision for the Hyland-Croy area? How should the township ensure that policies regarding commercial and residential growth are in line with what residents desire?

How would you seek to balance the township’s residential and commercial growth with existing infrastructure concerns?

Why are you the best-qualified candidate for this position?

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Age 51
Education Bachelor of Science Ohio State University
Family Married with children
We need a cooperative effort to create a common plan for land use, infrastructure, and economic development. I would support the NW 33 Crossroads Group which includes Jerome Township, the City of Dublin, the City of Marysville, Union County, and the LUC Regional Planning Commission. This group has already produced a Crossroads Area Plan which addresses some of these issues. I would support more public workshops in which the Crossroads Area Plan could be presented and public input welcomed. The plan can be seen here: http://dublinohiousa.gov/dev/dev/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Crossroads-Area-Plan-5-13-16.pdf.
The rate of growth has far out-paced what our schools, our roads, and our public safety services are able to support. Growth needs to be managed in such a way that developers are held responsible for paying their share towards infrastructure improvements. I would not give developers big tax breaks on residential developments like the recent TIF agreement for Jacquemin Farms, which gives the developers a 10-year tax exemption and deprives the school districts, the roads, and the public safety services of the tax revenue they need to keep pace. Development needs to be done in a responsible way.
I am passionate about the future of Jerome Township. I am running to represent the people who live and raise their families here. I will work to promote public awareness of township issues and encourage public participation. I will work to address the issues of the people who live here. I stand for honesty, integrity, and transparency. I have not received, nor will I accept, any campaign contributions from developers hoping to gain influence. A township trustee’s responsibility is to the people who live in the township.
The four main concerns I hear from the people who live in Jerome Township are these:

1) Our schools can’t keep up with the rate of growth.

2) Our roads are clogged with traffic.

3) Our public safety services are being stretched too thin.

4) It is hard to find out about meetings and development plans.

I personally share these same concerns personally and will work to address them.
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