Incumbents Win Montville Trustees Race
Three candidates competed for two open spots on the Montville Township Trustees race during the Nov. 5 election last Tuesday.
Candidates Jim Marsic, Randy Peterson and LuAnn Burger competed for the seats of Marsic and Peterson, whose terms expire Dec. 31.
But in the end, it remained the same. Marsic and Peterson won, although Burger came very close to pulling off the upset, based on final unofficial results from the Geauga County Board of Elections.
Marsic logged 424 votes, with Peterson notching 466.
The township has 1,398 voters in two precincts, according to the website.
Marsic, a 25-year business owner, operates Countryside Truck Service, Inc., and is a graduate of the Ohio Diesel Technical Institute, now known as Ohio Technical College.
The current trustee has previous experience as a union president for the Ledgemont Association of Support Staff in 1995 and has been township trustee since 2006.
The trustee said the most critical issue facing the township is the future of Ledgemont Schools and added he was a 1979 Ledgemont graduate. Other key issues include the construction of FirstEnergy power lines in the township and monitoring the fire department’s budget.
“I am thankful and grateful for the support I received,” he said last Thursday. “I see it like a scorecard. Have we done enough? I would certainly hope so, but there is still more work to be done.”
Peterson, a freight broker, has prior experience in Montville politics. He has been a trustee since winning the office in 2001 and has been re-elected twice since then.
He emphasized his experience sets him apart from others, as well as being a self-employed worker.
The township’s issues he faces include daytime staffing on the fire department implemented earlier this year.
Two employees are on fire department staff 50 hours a week, providing faster response times to residents. The service was implemented using current funds at no taxpayer cost, he said.
“I’m extremely honored and thankful for the voters and their confidence,” Peterson said Tuesday night, adding he credited Burger for her efforts to unseat the incumbents. “It was a good campaign. Luann (Burger) was new to it and she campaigned hard. She really did a good job putting herself out there to the public. I’ll just continue what I’ve been doing.”
On Wednesday, Burger said she would still continue participating in the trustees meetings and, despite the loss, she would keep her head up.
“I wish the trustees well, as it is not an easy job,” she said.
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