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Candidate says she’s dropping from race in Mt. Healthy

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The Winton Woods marching band performs at half time of the football game between Winton Woods and Elder at Winton Woods High School The Warriors maintained control of the game, winning 14-0 on Senior Night. Local football teams are heading into the playoff season. Check what’s happening in sports on 1B.

Two face off for Springfield Township trustee position Jennie Key jkey@communitypress.com

Springfield Township Trustee Gwen McFarlin faces a challenger this November, as Kyle Hufford is running for her seat on the board of trustees. McFarlin says she is running to continue providing leadership and experience necessary to meet the challenges in the future. “Proven is leadership critical to adfuture dress challenges in order to move township the McFarlin forward,” she said. She says residents have benefited a number of innovative programs such as the energy aggregation program that saves on energy bills, and a contract for waste pick up promises additional resident savings in the future. She says the township has received more than $2.5 million in road grants have been secured during the past five year’s for road resurfacing projects and she says the township needs to continue improving township roads. McFarlin has a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati, and says her community involvement includes stints as a board member for Talbert House, serving as chair of the Spring-

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field Township Trustee Board, being involved with the Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA and serving as vice chair of the Convention Facilities Authority. She is endorsed by the Hamilton County Democratic Party, the North Central Democrats, and Senator Eric Kearney. She points to her years on the board as proof of her dedication and says she is a proven leader with a common sense approach to the challenges of township government. “This really comes down to experience,” she said. “I have been a trustee longer than my opponent has lived in this township. Who do you trust to make the important decisions that affect our community and our families and to move the township forward? Who do you trust to make Springfield Township a great place to live and work?” Hufford says it’s time for fresh faces and new ideas. Running on a message of not raising taxes and fixing what he describes as “our broken township” and roads, he says he has experience of a different kind: not in government, but in business. He says he has the experience and the knowhow to get the job done right. “If you keep voting for what you’ve always had, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten,” he said. “The biggest issue facing the township now is roads, roads, roads and getting them fixed” he said. “We are getting twice what we expected from the JEDZ, and we

need to put that money to work.” Hufford studied computer science at Wright State University and DeVry University and his certifications include Microsoft MCSE and Cisco CCNA. He says his community involvement includes political activism and work as a community organizer. He has endorsements from Cincinnati Right to Life, the Buckeye Firearms Association, Citizens for Community Values, Ohioans for Concealed Carry, COAST, Hamilton County CommissionHufford er Chris Monzel and the Hamilton County Republican Party. Hufford says residents of the township are paying too much in property tax. He says Springfield Township residents pay the second highest property tax rates in Hamilton County and says this is not a the community category wants to win. He led the battle against the township’s Joint Economic Development Zone and the taxes it collects in 2014, and says his business knowhow and experience would serve him well as a trustee. Both candidates filled out questionnaires for Cincinnati. com. To see those responses, visit http://bit.ly/1VNQWh2 for more information about these candidates.

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Mount Healthy council will have a new look next year, but the faces are familiar. Some of them are just changing places. Councilman James C. Wolf, who has served on Mount Healthy City Council for 10 years, is running unopposed for mayor. He says the city is seeing a shift, with new residents bringing a new energy to the community and he wants to bridge any gap that might develop between old and new faces in the community. “I want to make sure all our stakeholders feel they are being heard,” he said. “I don’t want to ignore our historic families and I don’t want to hold back progress, either. We have to move ahead.” Running unopposed, Wolf will be the next mayor. As the Mount Healthy Democratic Ward Chairman, he and the city’s Democratic precinct executives will select someone to finish the final two years of his unexpired council term. Candidate Bethany Reynolds, a Democrat, says she is dropping out of the race. “After careful thought and consideration, I have submitted my notice to withdraw as a candidate for City Council,” she said in an email. She did not offer a reason for her decision. Hamilton County Board of Elections Director Sherry L. Poland said if Reynolds does officially withdraw, her name will still appear on the ballot, but there will be a notice in polling places that she has withdrawn and any votes cast for her will not be counted. If she fails to of-

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withficially draw, her votes will still be counted. If she wins and cannot serve, the city’s law diGeorge rector will have to determine how the seat will be filled. The city’s charter does not provide direction in this circumstance. Petersen If she follows through with her decision, the three remaining candidates are a guaranteed seat on council. Mount Roetting Healthy Mayor Joe Roetting opted not to run for his office, but he is running as an independent candidate for one of expiring the Wolf council seats. He said while inwork creasing demands were making the demands of the mayor’s office difficult, he still wanted to serve the city. He has been mayor for eight years, and served on council for five terms before that. And while present responsibilities mean he is opting for a less demanding role in city government now, he does not rule out a run at the mayor’s office in the future. Jeanne George, a Democrat on council, and Republican Judy Petersen are running for their seats on council at the end of two-year terms to which they were elected following the approval of the charter in 2012. At the November 2013 general election, all seven seats were up for election. Four candidates that received the highest vote totals were to serve four-year terms and candidates receiving the next three highest vote totals were to serve two-year terms.

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